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

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
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.
4 : to put out (a batsman) in cricket

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dismission \ dis-​ˈmi-​shən How to pronounce dismiss (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Baker, along with Arkansas Supreme Court Justices Shawn Womack, Rhonda Wood and Special Justice Jim Spears, ruled to reverse and dismiss the case. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, 22 Oct. 2021 The internal investigation led the office to not oppose Hoover-Moore’s motion for a new trial — and to dismiss the indictment altogether. Eric Lagatta, ajc, 22 Oct. 2021 While many dismiss online media, as well as the research surrounding it, as silly, Myrick sees it as an increasingly important tool — especially during periods of isolation. NBC News, 21 Oct. 2021 When gender ideology goes unchallenged and parental views become suspect, authorities are likely to dismiss legitimate parental concerns, even denying, as in TM’s case, requests for independent psychological evaluations. Mary Rice Hasson, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021 Amero had already dismissed a case against Fulton County and its elections board, but did not dismiss cases against specific board members, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Sara Murray And Rachel Janfaza, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 Oportun responded to the bombshell media investigations by promising to dismiss all pending lawsuits and review its collection practices. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 Lawyers from the Portland firm Markowitz Herbold, who represent the state, filed a motion asking Aiken to narrow or dismiss the lawsuit. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 Unfortunately, neither of those things is true, and too many pass rushers have eaten against the Patriots this year to dismiss anyone. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of dismiss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dismiss

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

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“Dismiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismiss. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dismiss

: 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)


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

Kids Definition of dismiss

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.


transitive verb

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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