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

transitive verb

: to permit or cause to leave
dismiss the visitors
Class is dismissed.
: to remove from position or service : discharge
dismissed the thievish servant
: to reject serious consideration of
dismissed the thought
law : to put out of judicial consideration : refuse to hear or hear further in court
dismiss all charges
This case is dismissed.
: to put out (a batsman) in cricket
dismission noun

Example Sentences

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 on the Web Late Monday, lawyers for the Trumps filed court papers asking Justice Engoron to dismiss the case. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The Biden administration has repeatedly sought to dismiss border surges as a yearly pattern. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2022 The district attorney sought to dismiss the convictions on the grounds of due process violations. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022 Attorneys for the Laundries denied the allegations and unsuccessfully sought to dismiss the lawsuit. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2022 County officials responded in October, asking the court to dismiss the plaintiffs’ claims. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 While that’s easy to dismiss, not many pitchers in history have been able to do that year after year. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 In typical Elliott fashion, the 2020 champion was quick to dismiss the accolade of regular-season champion and his series-best stats. Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2022 Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Whitaker on Tuesday refused to dismiss claims of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence against the actor. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dismiss was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dismiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismiss. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



dis·​miss dis-ˈmis How to pronounce dismiss (audio)
: to send away : cause or allow to go
dismissed the troops
: to discharge from office, service, or employment
: to put aside or out of mind
dismiss the thought
: to refuse further judicial hearing or consideration to
the judge dismissed the charge
dismissive adjective
dismissively adverb

Legal Definition


transitive verb

: to remove from position or service
dismissed the employee
: 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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