from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To discharge; to end the employment or service of.
  • v. To order to leave.
  • v. To dispel; to rid one's mind of.
  • v. To reject; to refuse to accept
  • v. To get a batsman out.
  • v. To give someone a red card; to send off

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dismission.
  • transitive v. To send away; to give leave of departure; to cause or permit to go; to put away.
  • transitive v. To discard; to remove or discharge from office, service, or employment
  • transitive v. To lay aside or reject as unworthy of attentions or regard, as a petition or motion in court.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To send away; order or give permission to depart.
  • To discard; remove from office, service, or employment.
  • To put aside; put away; put out of mind: as, to dismiss the subject.
  • In law, to reject; put out of court: as, the complaint was dismissed for lack of proof; the appeal was dismissed for irregularity.
  • n. Discharge; dismissal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bar from attention or consideration
  • v. end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting the person to leave
  • v. cease to consider; put out of judicial consideration
  • v. stop associating with
  • v. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  • v. declare void


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English dismissen, from Medieval Latin dismittere, dismiss-, variant of Latin dīmittere : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + mittere, to send.



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