dis·​miss | \ dis-ˈmis How to pronounce dismiss (audio) \
dismissed; dismissing; dismisses

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 \ dis-​ˈmi-​shən How to pronounce dismission (audio) \ noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web Defense requests to dismiss charges won’t be addressed Friday. Amy Forliti And Steve Karnowski, The Christian Science Monitor, "Officers charged in George Floyd's death seek individual trials," 11 Sep. 2020 Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley did not respond to a request for comment about the ACLU demands to dismiss curfew violation charges. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ACLU says Kenosha curfew was not lawful, seeks dismissal of all tickets," 10 Sep. 2020 Both entities recently filed separate motions to dismiss the case. Cathy Mckitrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A Weber County ballot question on creating a new city is as contentious as it is confusing," 6 Sep. 2020 Attorneys for Kueng, Lane and Thao filed motions to dismiss the case against their clients; the matter is pending. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Prosecutors seek longer sentences for officers in George Floyd case," 28 Aug. 2020 The eight supervisors, who are described in the lawsuit as being representative of other supervisors in the state, and Lee’s office filed motions to dismiss the case. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida election supervisors fight to stop lawsuit over digital ballot images," 24 Aug. 2020 Lane's attorney filed the footage in court last month as evidence supporting a motion to dismiss the charges against his client. Omar Jimenez And Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Two police body cameras capture the struggle leading to George Floyd's death," 10 Aug. 2020 The Minneapolis paper also noted that the order came one day after an attorney spoke to its reporters about a motion filed to dismiss charges against one of the officers involved in the case. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Judge issues gag order in George Floyd case after attorneys for officers charged gave interviews," 9 July 2020 The legal team for Thomas Lane, one of the former police officers charged in the death of George Floyd, filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss the charges, according to CBS Minnesota. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Former officer charged in George Floyd's death files to dismiss charges," 8 July 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dismiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismiss. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce dismiss (audio) \
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.

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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