- 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 dismiss is defined as to send someone away, or to disregard an idea or treat something as unworthy of consideration.
- 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
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These verbs mean to terminate the employment of: was dismissed for insubordination; was booted for being late; afraid of being bounced for union activities; wasn't canned because his uncle owns the business; will be cashiered from the army; resort workers discharged at the end of the season; was dropped for incompetence; was fired unjustly; a reporter sacked for revealing a confidential source.See Also Synonyms at eject.
(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