Middle English, from Latin dimissus (sent away, dismissed, banished), perfect passive participle of dīmittō (send away, dismiss), from dis- +‎ mittere (to send).


  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈmɪs/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪzˈmɪs/
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  • Hyphenation: dis‧miss
  • Rhymes: -ɪs


dismiss (third-person singular simple present dismisses, present participle dismissing, simple 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 August, Robert W[illiam] 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.
    • 2010 December 28, Kevin Darlin, “West Brom 1-3 Blackburn”, in BBC:
      Kalinic later saw red for a rash tackle on Paul Scharner before Gabriel Tamas was dismissed for bringing down Diouf.


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