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dismiss

verb

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1 to let go from office, service, or employment
  • the secretary was dismissed after it was discovered that she was stealing office supplies

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2 to drive or force out
  • the sick boy's nurse dismissed the visitors so he could get some rest

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3 to express scornfully one's low opinion of
  • critics dismissed his music as mere noise

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The first known use of dismiss was in the 15th century

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“Dismiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dismiss. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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