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Definition of "dismiss" []

  • To end the employment or service of; discharge. (verb-transitive)
  • To direct or allow to leave: dismissed troops after the inspection; dismissed the student after reprimanding him. (verb-transitive)
  • To stop considering; rid one's mind of; dispel: dismissed all thoughts of running for office. (verb-transitive)
  • To refuse to accept or recognize; reject: dismissed the claim as highly improbable. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To put (a claim or action) out of court without further hearing. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dismiss" in a sentence
  • "A government motion to dismiss is still pending before the federal judge in Florida, but he has indicated that he, too, plans to deny it."
  • "With my old windows mobile phone, on quite a number of times i managed to tap the options button, and select dismiss from the list without opening my eyes."
  • "What I find interesting about this filing in support of the motion to dismiss is that the allegations of "torture" would be completely irrelevant to such a motion."