to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go: I dismissed the class early.
to bid or allow (a person) to go; give permission or a request to depart.
to discharge or remove, as from office or service: to dismiss an employee.
to discard or reject: to dismiss a suitor.
to put off or away, especially from consideration; put aside; reject: She dismissed the story as mere rumor.
to have done with (a subject) after summary treatment: After a perfunctory discussion, he dismissed the idea.
Law. to put out of court, as a complaint or appeal.
- dis·miss·i·ble, adjective
- pre·dis·miss, verb (used with object)
- re·dis·miss, verb (used with object)
- un·dis·missed, adjective
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How to use dismiss in a sentence
Bluestone Coal lawyers had earlier tried to have the selenium case dismissed, arguing that it was preempted by the 2016 settlement.This Billionaire Governor’s Coal Company Might Get a Big Break From His Own Regulators | by Ken Ward Jr. | September 17, 2020 | ProPublica
Republicans dismissed it as a wish list that included things that have nothing to do with the coronavirus.Why House Democrats have good reason to be anxious about no coronavirus relief deal | Amber Phillips | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Any of these efforts, on its own, could be dismissed as a conveniently worded attack.Trump’s increasingly overt effort to pretend Biden is actually president | Aaron Blake | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
He also dismissed the efforts of commercial space companies like SpaceX to build comparable technology.Charlie Bolden says the quiet part out loud: SLS rocket will go away | Eric Berger | September 11, 2020 | Ars Technica
He dismissed as “attention-grabbing” a recent study in Hong Kong that confirmed the reinfection of a 33-year-old man with the novel coronavirus.Five days is long enough for a coronavirus quarantine, says Germany’s top virologist | David Meyer | September 2, 2020 | Fortune
On Friday, the story had looked like it might blow over as Buckingham Palace sought to dismiss it as a “civil case.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’ | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But others dismiss them, saying this is nothing but the daydream of people who long for some peace.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War? | Niqash | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen defends the novel against critics who dismiss it as frivolous and feminine.
This protest is not easy to dismiss as a right-wing anti-woman backlash.
If someone wants to dismiss this as do-goodism, fine, but it has real world effects.Confronting George Clooney’s Critics on South Sudan | John Avlon | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Relations became so strained that Bonaparte was soon glad to seize on any excuse to dismiss Lannes from his post.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
So that fastidious snuff-takers may dismiss this bugbear at once and forever.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Under these circumstances, Louis was compelled to dismiss his ministry and to call in another more acceptable to the people.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
We dismiss this part of the subject, and proceed to consider the mode and means of our elevation in the United States.
We dismiss it without further comment—and with it Colonization in toto—and Mr. Birney de facto.
British Dictionary definitions for dismiss
to remove or discharge from employment or service
to send away or allow to go or disperse
to dispel from one's mind; discard; reject
to cease to consider (a subject): they dismissed the problem
to decline further hearing to (a claim or action): the judge dismissed the case
cricket to bowl out (a side) for a particular number of runs
military an order to end an activity or give permission to disperse
- dismissible, adjective
- dismissive, adjective
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