• IPA: /dɪsˈmɪs/
  • (UK also) IPA: /dɪzˈmɪs/

dismiss (dismisses, present participle dismissing; past and past participle dismissed)

  1. (transitive) To discharge; to end the employment or service of.
    The company dismissed me after less than a year.
  2. (transitive) To order to leave.
    The soldiers were dismissed after the parade.
  3. (transitive) To dispel; to rid one’s mind of.
    He dismissed all thoughts of acting again.
  4. (transitive) To reject; to refuse to accept.
    The court dismissed the case.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IV, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      “He was here,” observed Drina composedly, “and father was angry with him.” ¶ “What?” exclaimed Eileen. “When?” ¶ “This morning, before father went downtown.” ¶ Both Selwyn and Lansing cut in coolly, dismissing the matter with a careless word or two; and coffee was served—cambric tea in Drina’s case.
  5. (transitive) To send or put away, to discard with disregard, contempt or disdain. (sometimes followed by as).
    She dismissed him with a wave of the hand.
  6. (transitive, cricket) To get a batsman out.
    He was dismissed for 99 runs.
  7. (transitive, soccer) To give someone a red card; to send off.
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