verb (used with object)

  1. to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go: I dismissed the class early.
  2. to bid or allow (a person) to go; give permission or a request to depart.
  3. to discharge or remove, as from office or service: to dismiss an employee.
  4. to discard or reject: to dismiss a suitor.
  5. to put off or away, especially from consideration; put aside; reject: She dismissed the story as mere rumor.
  6. to have done with (a subject) after summary treatment: After a perfunctory discussion, he dismissed the idea.
  7. Law. to put out of court, as a complaint or appeal.

verb (tr)

  1. to remove or discharge from employment or service
  2. to send away or allow to go or disperse
  3. to dispel from one’s mind; discard; reject
  4. to cease to consider (a subject)they dismissed the problem
  5. to decline further hearing to (a claim or action)the judge dismissed the case
  6. cricket to bowl out (a side) for a particular number of runs

sentence substitute

  1. military an order to end an activity or give permission to disperse

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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