dismiss

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verb dis·miss \ dis-ˈmis \

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
3 a :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.
5 :to put out (a batsman) in cricket

dismission

play \-ˈmi-shən\ noun

dismissive

play \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective

dismissively

adverb

Examples of dismiss in a Sentence

  1. I don't think we should dismiss the matter lightly.

  2. The students were dismissed early because of the snowstorm.

  3. Several employees were recently dismissed.

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Origin and Etymology of dismiss

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

dismiss Synonyms

Synonyms
ax (or axe), bounce, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn off, send packing, show (one) the door
Antonyms
employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on
Related Words
downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separate
Near Antonyms
keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruit

DISMISS Defined for English Language Learners

dismiss

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verb

Definition of dismiss for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dismiss

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verb dis·miss \ dis-ˈmis \

Definition of dismiss for Students

dismissed; dismissing
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.

Law Dictionary

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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