Definition of dismiss
- dismiss the visitors
- Class is dismissed.
- dismissed the thievish servant
- dismissed the thought
- dismiss all charges
- This case is dismissed.
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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