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 dismission (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 Time will tell which of these measures will remain in place, and which will eventually be dismissed as ineffective. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, "How Airports Will Change After Coronavirus, According to Experts," 27 May 2020 But his office had charged just 45 of them—and six of those cases were dismissed, including two who turned out to be wrongly arrested US citizens. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble," 26 May 2020 If the motion to dismiss is denied and discovery is allowed to continue, the case may come down to Bevin's true intent when issuing the order. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Lawsuit against state examines whether or not Matt Bevin pardoned sex offender," 26 May 2020 The Georgia and the Michigan lawsuits are still pending; the Texas lawsuit was dismissed after a judge ruled that the school’s response had not subjected the student to additional abuse. NBC News, "K-12 schools keep mishandling sexual assault complaints. Will new Title IX regulations help?," 25 May 2020 That case was moved to federal court, where it was dismissed in December, but Ross has appealed to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Former San Antonio area middle school principal files new lawsuit over 2016 firing," 22 May 2020 In the beginning, SpaceX was largely dismissed as a long shot that would never achieve much. Washington Post, "No one thought SpaceX would beat Boeing to get astronauts to the space station," 21 May 2020 The judge’s order is the second signal in as many days registering his resistance to swiftly accepting the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss all charges against Flynn. Adam Goldmanand Katie Benner, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-FBI official is said to undercut Justice Dept. effort to drop Flynn case," 13 May 2020 Just this January, the company filed a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by stockholders seeking damages inflicted on the plaintiffs’ holdings as a result of the revelations surrounding 1MDB. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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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.

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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