Definition of dismiss in English:



  • 1Order or allow to leave; send away.

    ‘she dismissed the taxi at the corner of the road’
    • ‘Strasbourg were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when striker Lionel Rouxel was dismissed for elbowing an opponent.’
    • ‘The Queen gazed long at Estelle and then dismissed her with stern words.’
    • ‘Then, at Maglor's convenience, the servants were dismissed, with orders that none were to disturb them at this time.’
    • ‘He said gesturing towards Claudius' mother and with those short words he dismissed her.’
    • ‘The jury has been dismissed after deliberating for four hours without reaching a verdict.’
    • ‘Langley dismissed the crew, ordering for an early start out tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘Anwar, who has been in jail since 1998, was freed six years to the day after being dismissed from office.’
    • ‘His desperate alliance with Trotsky and Kamenev against Stalin proved futile, and he was dismissed from all offices in 1926, and expelled from the party in 1927.’
    • ‘Before they got up, they looked at Gunshinot as he spoke a few more words before he dismissed them.’
    • ‘Peremptory challenges allow a lawyer to dismiss a small number of potential jurors from the jury pool without giving a reason.’
    • ‘Now as the last official finished his speech, the group was dismissed and allowed to go on leave.’
    • ‘The Admiral had refused to listen to anything Marcus said, and eventually Marcus had been dismissed and ordered back for the tribunals.’
    • ‘Then the referee dismissed a Sports player for foul language and it fired up the visitors who scored twice, and in the end it was Swarthmoor who had to hang on to save a point.’
    • ‘He greets me at the door of his office, dismisses the receptionist, and strides back behind his immense immaculate desk.’
    • ‘Raising his arms, he gestured for the throne room doors to be opened and dismissed the court in order for everyone to attend the dinner that had been prepared in honor of the princesses.’
    • ‘If you please, may I first before you dismiss me have a word with Shaugay.’
    • ‘He has little hope left of staying in office apart from dismissing parliament and the threat of violence by his fanatical supporters.’
    • ‘Of course, during deliberations two jurors were dismissed.’
    • ‘Kenneth had given her a number to call and dismissed her without a word.’
    • ‘In this village, no matter how cruel it may sound, this was how we lived; we were not allowed to dismiss the woman on this part, no matter what the situation.’
    • ‘Maybe I was just tired and upset that the prof seemed to be dismissing or simply ignoring me.’
    send away, let go, release, free
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    1. 1.1Remove from employment or office, typically on the grounds of unsatisfactory performance.
      ‘the prime minister dismissed five members of his cabinet’
      • ‘Union official Sylvain Nea said that the strike and blockade would be maintained until those who were dismissed are allowed to return to work.’
      • ‘It also recommends that specific grounds for dismissing members be included.’
      • ‘Until January, 2000, the forces were legally allowed to dismiss servicemen and women if they were found to be gay or lesbian.’
      • ‘Even without such resistance, a little flexibility proved useless, since managers wanting to cut costs were not allowed to dismiss workers.’
      • ‘Since the professor was not neutral in the elections, articles were published in the press, and he was dismissed when he disobeyed orders not to respond.’
      • ‘The agreement allowed the company to dismiss its entire South Coast underground workforce and re-hire the retrenched workers as casual or contract labour.’
      • ‘The tribunal decided that the employee had been fairly dismissed on the ground of reasonably suspected dishonesty.’
      • ‘They are also angered by company moves to dismiss five oil union members.’
      • ‘Minister dismisses Office of Australian War Graves head’
      • ‘Once we give permanent status it ought not take an act of Congress in order to dismiss a teacher that is ineffective.’
      • ‘Earlier this month, a news director in the south China city Zhuhai was dismissed for allowing an out-of-focus picture from the incident to appear on the local television news.’
      • ‘In all, twenty three men who are based in towns in Mayo were dismissed on the grounds that they were not suitable for the work involved.’
      • ‘The tribunal rejected the employer's contention that Ms Riehn was fairly dismissed on grounds of redundancy.’
      • ‘‘We believe these firemen were dismissed on the proper grounds,’ said Cllr Heath.’
      • ‘A few days later, she says, she and a co-worker were both dismissed on the grounds of insubordination.’
      • ‘Shortly after the report was published, a third faculty member was summarily dismissed on grounds of three days of unapproved absence.’
      • ‘But she blew the whistle on what she believed was misconduct in the military, and in 2000, she was dismissed on medical grounds.’
      • ‘Two days after taking office, he dismissed the leaders of the Armed Forces.’
      • ‘In 1579, Philip dismissed him and ordered his arrest.’
      • ‘That afternoon, the minister was presented with a royal letter dismissing him and ordering him to leave the country immediately.’
      give someone their notice, throw out, get rid of, discharge
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    2. 1.2[no object](of a group assembled under someone's authority) disperse.
      ‘he told his company to dismiss’
      • ‘The traveller ordered them to dismiss and went on his way, hoping that his luck would shine on him even more cheerfully.’
    3. 1.3Cricket End the innings of (a batsman or a side)
      ‘Australia were dismissed for 118’
      • ‘England cruised to an innings and 27 runs victory over the Patron's XI yesterday after dismissing their opponents for a lowly 169 on the final day at the Rawalpindi Stadium.’
      • ‘Our bowling line up is mentally prepared to dismiss the Aussie top order.’
      • ‘It looked as though Casino were headed for defeat after being dismissed for just 108 runs on the first day of the game the previous weekend.’
      • ‘Leaders Beverley Town increased their lead when they inflicted a six-wicket defeat on Sessay after dismissing the home club for only 92.’
      • ‘Yorkshire need to win this match to replace Surrey at the top of the table and they got off on the right foot by dismissing their opponents fairly cheaply after they had chosen to bat first on a good pitch.’
  • 2Treat as unworthy of serious consideration.

    ‘it would be easy to dismiss him as all brawn and no brain’
    • ‘Certainly, American partisan politics are seldom addressed, and normally are only brought up in order to be dismissed.’
    • ‘Human responsibility has a tendency to become inverted when we dismiss our opponents as irrational and illogical because they are standing in the way of our projects.’
    • ‘So, don't dismiss surfing as a sport for Hawaiians and Australians only.’
    • ‘When I campaigned for Police Community Support Officers in 2000, as the Mayoral candidate for London, the idea was dismissed by my opponents.’
    • ‘But in order to avoid dismissing such options out of hand, it's important always to have an open, but critical mind.’
    • ‘His opponents were dismissed as lackeys of white people.’
    • ‘Regardless, don't dismiss weightlifting as a sport for Vikings and East German women only.’
    • ‘Opponents of the thesis dismiss this identity label as elitist.’
    • ‘Ramsay, absolutely passionate about his sport, dismisses any criticism.’
    • ‘But political opponents sought to dismiss the latest moves to modernise.’
    • ‘He offered critiques that required you to read and understand old theories, not new theories that allowed you to dismiss everything prior as irrelevant.’
    • ‘Instead of confronting the inadequacy of their intellectual and moral capital, opponents of the 1960s dismissed their enemies as immoral conspirators.’
    • ‘However, Kelly's opponent dismissed him as a light puncher.’
    • ‘Opponents dismiss all this as part and parcel of the politics of spin.’
    • ‘Johnston dismisses his opponents as being ‘large in numbers but small in clout’.’
    • ‘A sociologist friend dismisses organized sport as ‘mere play.’’
    • ‘I did what I normally did when she was analyzing me: I looked at her position from all angles in order to dismiss it.’
    • ‘Opponents, however, dismissed the reform claims as a sham.’
    • ‘Just because you feel passionately about something does not give you the right to dismiss your opponent as immoral.’
    • ‘But dismissing your opponents as uneducable and unlearned by making dismissive remarks about the quality of their teachers serves no useful purpose.’
    banish, put away, set aside, lay aside, abandon, have done with, drop, disregard, brush off, shrug off, forget, think no more of, pay no heed to, put out of one's mind
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    1. 2.1Deliberately cease to think about.
      ‘he suspected a double meaning in her words, but dismissed the thought’
      • ‘It had been easy for Johnny to dismiss the harsh words of Adam Tanner.’
      • ‘The mostly-bald monk merely smiled, and dismissed such words.’
      • ‘They then rated the unpleasantness of the intrusive thought, their attempts to dismiss the thought from consciousness, and their perceived success in reducing the frequency of the thought.’
      • ‘For everything that there is to be said for this type of scenario of liberation - and it is a great deal - in the context of the present argument it can be dismissed in short order.’
      • ‘Those words shouldn't be dismissed lightly, because no one ever got drier and harder than the man who took six Mr. Olympia titles.’
      • ‘The principle of charity does allow us to ultimately dismiss the third way, but only after having genuinely attempted to understand it in as rational a light as possible.’
      • ‘Factor 1 concerned disapproval and efforts to dismiss the thought.’
      • ‘She dismissed my words with a casual flick of her hand.’
      • ‘The insidious history of this word cannot be dismissed easily.’
      banish, put away, set aside, lay aside, abandon, have done with, drop, disregard, brush off, shrug off, forget, think no more of, pay no heed to, put out of one's mind
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    2. 2.2Law Refuse further hearing to (a case)
      ‘the judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence’
      • ‘Kroon dismissed the application and ordered the applicants to pay the costs.’
      • ‘The public order offence was dismissed and the assault charges discharged.’
      • ‘At the Crown Court on Friday, Ali's appeal against conviction and sentence was dismissed and he was ordered to pay a further 200 in costs.’
      • ‘The notorious incompetence of the crown law officers led to the proceedings being dismissed on technical grounds.’
      • ‘In dismissing all eight grounds of appeal on conviction, the court said the evidence against Jones was overwhelming.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin dismiss-, variant of Latin dimiss- sent away, from the verb dimittere.