Definition of dismiss
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.>
dismissionplay \-ˈmi-shən\ noun
dismissiveplay \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of dismiss
Middle English, modification of Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere, from dis- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th century
DISMISS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of dismiss for Students
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.>
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>
: to bring about or order a dismissal <the plaintiff moved to dismiss>
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