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

transitive verb

: to permit or cause (someone) to leave
dismiss the visitors
Class is dismissed.
: to remove from position or service : discharge
He was dismissed [=fired] from his job.
Several employees were recently dismissed.
: to reject serious consideration of (something or someone)
dismissed the thought
dismissed her as an amateur
law : to put (an action) out of judicial consideration : to refuse to hear (an action) or to hear (an action) further in court
dismiss all charges
This case is dismissed.
: to put out (a batsman) in cricket
dismission 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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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 2

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 13 Jul. 2024.

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

derived from Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere "to send away," from di-, dis- "away, apart," and mittere "to send, throw" — related to emit

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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