- 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.
Origin of dismiss
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Examples from the Web for dismiss
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’
January 4, 2015
In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen defends the novel against critics who dismiss it as frivolous and feminine.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
This protest is not easy to dismiss as a right-wing anti-woman backlash.Harvard Liberals Hate New Campus Sex Laws
October 19, 2014
If someone wants to dismiss this as do-goodism, fine, but it has real world effects.Confronting George Clooney’s Critics on South Sudan
October 7, 2014
I think if people were to realize that, it would be much harder to criminalize and dismiss us.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
Therefore, I dismiss the fear of untimely separation from my appointed work.The Conquest of Fear
It will not do to dismiss this as unhealthiness or morbidness of mind.Understanding the Scriptures
Kingozi was about to dismiss him, but this arrested his intention.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
This was a most unpleasant reflection and Martin preferred to dismiss it.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He had too much insight, and too much exact information as well, to dismiss them as rot.The Secret Agent
- 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
Word Origin and History for dismiss
early 15c., from Latin dimissus, past participle of dimittere "send away, send different ways; break up, discharge; renounce, abandon," from dis- "apart, away" (see dis-) + mittere "send, let go" (see mission). Prefix altered by analogy with many dis- verbs. Dismit, in the same sense, is attested from late 14c. Related: Dismissed; dismissing.