[ dis-mis ]
/ dɪsˈmɪs /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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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
synonym study for dismiss
2. See release.
OTHER WORDS FROM dismissdis·miss·i·ble, adjectivepre·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
In a music museum, you do not dismiss that and talk about it next year.Plight at the Museum|Jen Trolio|November 20, 2020|Vox
About 40% of infections are spread by asymptomatic people with high viral loads, so antigen tests, however imperfect, shouldn’t be dismissed, he said.Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit|by Lisa Song|November 16, 2020|ProPublica
More recently, Milley appeared to get in a public spat with O’Brien on leaving Afghanistan, dismissing O’Brien’s statement about a more rapid timeline than the official plan calls for as “speculation.”Amid Pentagon upheaval, military officers face a fraught few months|Missy Ryan, Dan Lamothe, Greg Jaffe, Josh Dawsey|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
At the time, the game was dismissed as a standard and confusing online shooter.‘Godfall’ impressions: A solid, sometimes boring adventure|Gene Park|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
However, when the concept of compensation rewards surfaced, Workday’s Taylor dismissed the idea.Improving inclusion is more about allowing failure than rewarding success|lbelanger225|November 11, 2020|Fortune
This would be dismissible, but it actually had an insidious impact.Bob Woodward and the Rules of Washington Morality|Michael Tomasky|March 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for dismiss
/ (dɪsˈmɪs) /
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
Derived forms of dismissdismissible, 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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