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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Recent Examples on the Web As the City of Cincinnati argued in trying to get the case dismissed, cities have certain protection from lawsuits. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Judge: Lawsuit claiming city responsible for Kyle Plush's death will continue," 22 Jan. 2020 Scottsdale's attorney, Scot Claus, questioned the validity of the list, which ultimately was dismissed from the record. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale faces Satanists in U.S. District Court on Wednesday; mayor and councilwoman testify," 22 Jan. 2020 Now, two years after the deadly shooting, Brittany is waiting to hear whether the judge will rule in her favor and dismiss the murder case. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Alabama woman says she killed her rapist in self-defense. She could spend life in prison.," 21 Jan. 2020 Last year, Mexico briefly arrested him on charges of human trafficking, but a judge dismissed the charges. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Tensions Rise at Mexico’s Southern Border With Guatemala," 20 Jan. 2020 In The Return of the Political, the leftist political theorist Chantal Mouffe has cautioned against dismissing ideological adversaries out of hand. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's magazine, "An Incoherent Truth," 20 Jan. 2020 Six Florida cancer researchers who were dismissed last month for hiding their ties to a Chinese medical university appear to have been motivated by simple greed and a disregard for both institutional and federal rules. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Moffitt Cancer Center details links of fired scientists to Chinese talent programs," 19 Jan. 2020 The Texans have dismissed outside linebackers coach John Pagano, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans dismiss outside linebackers coach John Pagano," 18 Jan. 2020 Iran's attack on the bases killed no one, but U.S. officials have dismissed speculation that Iran might have deliberately missed the troops in a bid to prevent further escalation of hostilities. CBS News, "At least 11 U.S. service members injured in Iranian attack on Al Asad airbase, military officials confirm," 17 Jan. 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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The first known use of dismiss was in the 15th century

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25 Jan 2020

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“Dismiss.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissing. Accessed 28 January 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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