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Definition of dismiss verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    dismiss

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dismiss
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmɪs//
     
    he / she / it dismisses
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmɪsɪz//
     
    past simple dismissed
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmɪst//
     
    past participle dismissed
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmɪst//
     
    -ing form dismissing
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈmɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈmɪsɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  to decide that somebody/something is not important and not worth thinking or talking about synonym wave somethingaside/away dismiss somebody/something I think we can safely dismiss their objections. dismiss somebody/something as something Vegetarians are no longer dismissed as cranks. He dismissed the opinion polls as worthless. The suggestion should not be dismissed out of hand (= without thinking about it).
  2. 2  to put thoughts or feelings out of your mind dismiss something Dismissing her fears, she climbed higher. dismiss somebody/something from something He dismissed her from his mind.
  3. 3  dismiss somebody (from something) to officially remove somebody from their job synonym fire, sack She claims she was unfairly dismissed from her post. Wordfinderapply, appoint, contract, dismiss, employ, job, pay, retire, work, workforce See related entries: Unemployment
  4. 4dismiss somebody to send somebody away or allow them to leave At 12 o'clock the class was dismissed.
  5. 5dismiss something (law) to say that a trial or legal case should not continue, usually because there is not enough evidence The case was dismissed.
  6. 6dismiss somebody (in cricket) to end the innings of a player or team See related entries: Cricket
  7. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin dismiss-, variant of Latin dimiss- ‘sent away’, from the verb dimittere.Extra examples Former members of the band have dismissed talk of a comeback. He dismissed her suggestion out of hand. He was summarily dismissed from his job. His plan was dismissed outright by his friends. It is easy to dismiss him as nothing more than an old fool. It is no longer possible to dismiss the link between climate change and carbon emissions. It was not easy to dismiss the matter from his thoughts. She contemptuously dismissed their complaints. She could not dismiss the possibility of his guilt. She dismissed their arguments as irrelevant. She tried to dismiss the idea from her mind. Such reports are routinely dismissed as hysteria. The court ruled that Ms Hill had been unfairly dismissed. The minister has dismissed all the allegations against him. ‘Case dismissed!’ Judges have to state their reasons for dismissing a case. She claims she was unfairly dismissed from her position. The suggestion should not be dismissed out of hand.
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