dismiss

verb
dis·​miss | \ dis-ˈmis \
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 \ -​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 ministry drafted an agreement for both governments to sign that dismissed Renault’s ideas for strengthening the alliance as a mere opinion that had no bearing on Nissan’s decision-making, the person said. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Nissan Enlisted Japanese Government to Fend Off Renault Merger," 15 Feb. 2019 Google just got an important lawsuit over facial recognition dismissed. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google wins dismissal of facial recognition lawsuit over biometric privacy act," 29 Dec. 2018 There's a key moment that Jemison has talked about in interviews and in her own book about how one of her school teachers dismissed Jemison's desire to be an astronaut. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Without question, these are 2018’s best space books for kids," 29 Dec. 2018 Don’t panic, though—her reasoning for dismissing the term actually makes a lot of sense. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Is Tired of Being Asked About Playing a "Strong Woman"," 15 Aug. 2018 Pope Francis, however, overruled the decision and ordered that the man be dismissed from the priesthood without delay. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Panel Faces Criticism Over Leniency for Priests Guilty of Abuse," 21 Dec. 2018 Charter lost multiple court decisions Charter argued in court that the case should be dismissed, citing the FCC's net neutrality repeal and related preemption of state laws. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter users who didn’t get promised speeds will get $75 or $150 refunds," 18 Dec. 2018 No matter how beautiful, though, it should never be dismissed that the beauty started in pain. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018 Bumble says in a filing today that these claims are invalid and should be dismissed. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Bumble asks court to rule Tinder patents invalid," 27 Sep. 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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More Definitions for dismiss

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 \
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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