Definition of dismiss
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 thoughtb law : to put out of judicial consideration : refuse to hear or hear further in court dismiss all charges This case is dismissed.
5 : to put out (a batsman) in cricket
dismissionplay \-ˈmi-shən\ noun
dismissiveplay \-ˈmi-siv\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of dismiss from the Web
A district court judge in Kansas City dismissed portions of the litigation two years ago on technical grounds.
Charges against Jonathan Taylor and Amanda Hopkins eventually were dismissed, but not before Taylor spent five years in prison awaiting trial on a capital murder charge.
The former Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland has forfeited his law enforcement license in exchange for having a perjury charge against him dismissed.
Charges of trespassing in May 2013and theft in June 2013 were placed on the inactive docket and charges of second-degree assault in January 2011 were dismissed according to court records.
Looney was dismissed from the team for hitting assistant coach Johnny Tatum.’ No one ever called me in and talked to me about the matter.
All the employees involved in the thefts were dismissed, the OIG report showed.
Devonte Jovan Green, 21, of Gary, was charged in 2014 with murder and felony murder in Taylor's death, but the case was dismissed in 2015 because prosecutors wanted additional time to investigate.
The charges were eventually dismissed, but witnesses told deputies Hodgkinson grabbed the girl by the hair and threw her on the floor.
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Origin and Etymology of dismiss
Middle English, modification of Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere, from dis- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
DISMISS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dismiss for English Language Learners
: 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)
DISMISS Defined for Kids
Definition of dismiss for Students
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
: to bring about or order a dismissal the plaintiff moved to dismiss
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