dismiss

[ dis-mis ]
/ dɪsˈmɪs /

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. dismast,
  2. dismay,
  3. disme,
  4. dismember,
  5. dismemberment,
  6. dismissal,
  7. dismission,
  8. dismissive,
  9. dismissively,
  10. dismount

Origin of dismiss

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin dismissus (for Latin dīmissus, past participle of dīmittere to send away), equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + mitt(ere) to send + -tus past participle suffix

Related formsdis·miss·i·ble, adjectivepre·dis·miss, verb (used with object)re·dis·miss, verb (used with object)un·dis·missed, adjective

Synonym study

2. See release.

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British Dictionary definitions for dismiss

dismiss

/ (dɪsˈmɪs) /

verb (tr)

sentence substitute

military an order to end an activity or give permission to disperse
Derived Formsdismissible, adjectivedismissive, adjective

Word Origin for dismiss

C15: from Medieval Latin dismissus sent away, variant of Latin dīmissus, from dīmittere, from dī- dis- 1 + mittere to send

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Word Origin and History for dismiss

dismiss

v.

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.

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