dis·miss | \dis-ˈmis \

Definition of dismiss 

transitive verb

1 : to permit or cause to leave dismiss the visitors Class is dismissed.

2 : to remove from position or service : discharge dismissed the thievish servant

3a : to reject serious consideration of dismissed the thought

b law : to put out of judicial consideration : refuse to hear or hear further in court dismiss all charges This case is dismissed.

4 : to put out (a batsman) in cricket

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Other Words from dismiss

dismission \-ˈmi-shən \ noun
dismissive \-ˈmi-siv \ adjective
dismissively adverb

Examples of dismiss in a Sentence

I don't think we should dismiss the matter lightly. The students were dismissed early because of the snowstorm. Several employees were recently dismissed.
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The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for FIFA to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "England, Belgium face off again, this time with 3rd place at stake," 13 July 2018 Stzok, who was assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and ties to Trump associates, was ultimately dismissed from the team over the exchanges. CBS News, "FBI's Peter Strzok testifies on anti-Trump bias before House panel -- live updates," 12 July 2018 People may dismiss as fake genuine footage, say of a real atrocity, to score political points. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos," 3 July 2018 People may dismiss as fake genuine footage, say of a real atrocity, to score political points. Deb Riechmann, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I never said that!’ The high-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos," 2 July 2018 Burdened by the unanticipated expense of the KFC Yum Center, and consequently wary of new sports subsidies, Louisville easily could have dismissed pro soccer as another unneeded claim on the public purse. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City's James O'Connor has earned his exit bows," 29 June 2018 This would be a major hit to start the season, as Jones is the only other running back with experience since Deon McIntosh and C.J. Holmes were dismissed from the program at the end of last season. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Projecting Notre Dame football's 2018 depth chart," 29 June 2018 He was dismissed from his duties with the sheriff’s department June 8. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County cop accused of exposing himself to women," 18 June 2018 Tysean Imir Saintfort ran across a school campus with a handgun just as students were being dismissed from summer camp. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fugitive burglar tossed gun on school roof, sparking a lockdown that got him locked up, cops say," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of dismiss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dismiss

Middle English, modification of Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere, from dis- + mittere to send

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English Language Learners Definition of dismiss

: to decide not to think about or consider (something or someone)

: to send (someone) away : to cause or allow (someone) to leave

: to officially make (someone) leave a job : to end the employment or service of (someone)


dis·miss | \dis-ˈmis \
dismissed; dismissing

Kids Definition of dismiss

1 : to allow or cause to leave dismiss a class

2 : to remove from a job or position She dismissed her assistant.

3 : to decide not to think about He dismissed the criticism.


transitive verb

Legal Definition of dismiss 

1 : to remove from position or service dismissed the employee

2 : to bring about or order the dismissal of (an action) the suit was dismissed

intransitive verb

: to bring about or order a dismissal the plaintiff moved to dismiss

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