- To dismiss is defined as to send someone away, or to disregard an idea or treat something as unworthy of consideration.
- When you fire an employee, this is an example of a situation where you dismiss the employee.
- When you let your maid know she can leave for the day, this is an example of a situation where you dismiss the maid.
- When you disregard a suggestion offhand without even considering it, this is an example of a situation where you dismiss the suggestion.
- to send away; cause or allow to leave
- to remove or discharge from a duty, office, position, or employment
- to put out of one's mind: to dismiss one's fears
- to remove from consideration or reject as lacking in importance or value: to dismiss our suggestions as irrelevant
- Law to discontinue or reject (a claim or action)
Origin of dismissMiddle English dismissen ; from Medieval Latin dismissus, past participle of dismittere, for Classical Latin dimittere, to send away ; from dis-, from + mittere, to send: see mission
transitive verbdis·missed, dis·miss·ing, dis·miss·es
- To end the employment or service of; discharge.
- To direct or allow to leave: dismissed troops after the inspection; dismissed the student after reprimanding him.
- a. To stop considering; rid one's mind of; dispel: dismissed all thoughts of running for office.b. To refuse to accept or recognize; reject: dismissed the claim as highly improbable.
- Law To adjudicate (a cause of action) as insufficient to proceed further in court because of some deficiency in law or fact.
- Sports a. To eject (a player or coach) for the remainder of a game.b. To put out (a batter) in cricket.
Origin of dismissMiddle English dismissen, from Medieval Latin dismittere, dismiss-, variant of Latin dīmittere : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis– + mittere, to send.
(third-person singular simple present dismisses, present participle dismissing, simple past and past participle dismissed)
- To discharge; to end the employment or service of.
- The company dismissed me after less than a year.
- To order to leave.
- The soldiers were dismissed after the parade.
- To dispel; to rid one's mind of.
- He dismissed all thoughts of acting again.
- To reject; to refuse to accept
- The court dismissed the case.
- (cricket) To get a batsman out.
- He was dismissed for 99 runs.
- (soccer) To give someone a red card; to send off