dis·miss | \ dis-ˈmis \

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 \-ˈmi-shən \ noun
dismissive \-ˈmi-siv \ adjective
dismissively adverb

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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Young people are uniquely and disproportionately affected when bodily autonomy is limited; they often are dismissed when voicing their opinions on their own lives, and have the fewest financial and legal resources to assert their rights. Yamani Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "Abortion Funds Can Help Preserve Reproductive Rights With or Without the Supreme Court," 12 July 2018 Representatives of civil society organizations have called for early elections to end the impasse, while Ortega's top diplomat dismissed the possibility on Friday during a session of the Organization of American States in Washington. NBC News, "Violence rings out at Nicaraguan church, university after nationwide strike," 14 July 2018 The group's lawsuit, dismissed in Oakland County Circuit Court last year, aimed to block the city from closing the big parking area that for more than half a century backed up a row of Main Street eateries. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak mayor: We must avoid pricing residents out of housing market," 11 July 2018 The trial court dismissed the lawsuit, and Sevier appealed to the D.C. Circuit. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rainbow flag lawsuit enters appellate court in its second year," 11 July 2018 In her order dismissing the case, judge Sheryl Lynch did not address the defense's contention that the church's members are insincere about practicing a religion. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Judge dismisses Cannabis Church's case that cited RFRA to defend pot as a sacrament," 7 July 2018 Czarnik pleaded guilty, but entered the plea under the condition that the trial court would still rule on his motion to quash the information and dismiss the charge against him. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Inmate had hand-made pictures of kids having sex, court says. It counts as child porn," 6 July 2018 Geminis are often called two-faced and therefore dismissed as poor romantic partners. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 And those routinely dismissed as bigots might decide to leave a party that so openly expresses its disdain for them. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American Conservatism," 29 June 2018

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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 \
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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