- 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: Middle English dismissen ; from Midieval Latin dismissus, past participle of dismittere, for Classical Latin dimittere, to send away ; from dis-, from plush mittere, to send: see mission
- dismissible adjective
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transitive verb dis·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 put (a claim or action) out of court without further hearing.
- Sports a. To eject (a player or coach) for the remainder of a game.b. To put out (a batter) in cricket.
Origin: Middle English dismissen, from Medieval Latin dismittere, dismiss-, variant of Latin dīmittere : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + mittere, to send.
- dis·missˈi·ble adjective
- dis·misˈsion noun
dismiss - Business Definition
- To remove someone from employment: The directors dismissed the CEO after several years of poor earnings.
- To terminate a civil case at the request of the defendant.
- To cease consideration of something: The CEO dismissed the proposal to change advertising firms.
- To instruct someone to leave.