Definition of dismiss
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 thoughtb law : to put out of judicial consideration : refuse to hear or hear further in court dismiss all charges This case is dismissed.
5 : to put out (a batsman) in cricket
dismissionplay \-ˈmi-shən\ noun
dismissiveplay \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of dismiss from the Web
The judge at the Moscow district court dismissed Navalny’s motions to summon Medvedev and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov to testify on the alleged connection between them and Usmanov.
A flawed, unpopular health-care bill is stalled in the Senate, the president’s budget proposal has been dismissed out of hand, and hope is fading for other priorities such as tax reform and infrastructure.
Trump, meanwhile, resumed his Twitter postings from the White House on Sunday and dismissed any story based on anonymous sources.
Wyandotte County District Judge Daniel Duncan dismissed Green’s petition with prejudice, presumably preventing her from later seeking a court order for the records even after all investigations were completed.
In court documents requesting the lawsuit be dismissed, company attorneys said Gomez’s claims are not believable.
The document originally listed co-defendant Joynus, a staffing company that was dismissed from the lawsuit by a judge in March.
When cases are dismissed on anti-SLAPP grounds, the defendants can recover their legal expenses.
A similar suit filed by the firm against Mercedes-Benz was dismissed.
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Origin and Etymology of dismiss
Middle English, modification of Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere, from dis- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
DISMISS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dismiss for English Language Learners
: 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)
DISMISS Defined for Kids
Definition of dismiss for Students
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.
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
: to bring about or order a dismissal the plaintiff moved to dismiss
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