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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Other Words from dismiss

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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Even senior Trump administration officials, including White House economists and Justice Department lawyers, have noted in recent months the success of insurance markets and dismissed the impact of eliminating the penalty. Noam N. Levey, latimes.com, "Obamacare returns to court, creating new uncertainty about health coverage for millions," 9 July 2019 Mr Sewing’s plan has taken five months to hatch (during which time Deutsche also weighed up and dismissed a merger with its neighbour, Commerzbank). The Economist, "Deutsche Bank shrinks and restructures," 8 July 2019 The sensual urges of the incarcerated are often demonized, dismissed as criminal or undeserved, but Photo Requests from Solitary regards them without judgment. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 More on the hotel: Carmel needs to pay an additional $85,000 on bond for luxury hotel construction Brainard dismissed any potential risk to taxpayers with the projects largely unfinished and the first bond payments approaching. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Some buildings are up at City Center. Some are not. Here's what that means for Carmel taxpayers.," 8 July 2019 Jesus, rarely out of the action, endured a mixed evening with the Manchester City star assisting his side's first goal and scoring its second before being dismissed after receiving a second yellow card in the 70th minute. James Masters, CNN, "Copa America: Jair Bolsonaro takes center stage as Brazil seals title," 8 July 2019 The writer is aware of her critics, including colleagues who dismissed her Nobel as political correctness, but that only seems to have made her stronger. Alan Zilberman, Twin Cities, "Toni Morrison is a great storyteller, in her books and in this new documentary," 4 July 2019 Djokovic moved into the third round by dismissing Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Howard Fendrich, SFChronicle.com, "Just 18, Canada’s ‘FAA’ taking flight in Wimbledon’s men’s draw," 3 July 2019 Woody catches him in action, and Stinky Pete becomes noticeably flustered, quickly dismissing the women by ushering them out of his packaging. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Pixar has removed a Hollywood “casting couch” joke from Toy Story 2," 3 July 2019

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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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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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