dismiss

verb
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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Viewers might have dismissed these women's very-real struggles as champagne problems for the rich and famous. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019 And this past May, the Gloucester County school board was denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit from Gavin. Gavin Grimm, Teen Vogue, "Gavin Grimm on Turning His Fight Into a Conversation for All Transgender Youth," 27 Aug. 2018 But this loaded label can also promote this perception of unwavering strength, while simultaneously dismissing the presence of pain or struggle for black women who are strong and resilient. Jameelah Nasheed, SELF, "Strong Black Women Need Therapy, Too," 23 Apr. 2019 Obama’s Department of Justice tried to get the case dismissed. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Do Americans Have a Constitutional Right to a Livable Planet? Meet the 21 Young People Who Say They Do," 21 Mar. 2019 On November 4, 2016, Jillian filed to have the couple's divorce papers dismissed by the courts. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About Patrick Dempsey's Wife and Three Kids, Answered," 21 Mar. 2019 Through this framing, the idea of choosing hope becomes both an existential act that affirms your humanity, and a form of resistance against cynical worldviews that dismiss hope as a powerful force for change. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Still, for much of Dumplin’, Willowdean is constantly underestimated and dismissed by her mother and others in her small town community as a serious pageant contender because of her weight. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, ""Dumplin'" Star Danielle Macdonald on the Power of Willowdean, Overcoming Self-Doubt, and Embracing the Movie's Message," 9 Dec. 2018 Severance and Van Alen dismissed these announcements as nothing more than builders talking big. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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dismiss

verb

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)

dismiss

verb
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.

dismiss

transitive verb
dis·​miss

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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