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)
- (transitive) To discharge; to end the employment or service of.
- The company dismissed me after less than a year.
- (transitive) To order to leave.
- The soldiers were dismissed after the parade.
- (transitive) To dispel; to rid one’s mind of.
- He dismissed all thoughts of acting again.
- (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.
- 2023 March 8, Howard Johnston, “Was Marples the real railway wrecker?”, in RAIL, number 978, page 53:
- The late Professor Pat White was an outspoken critic. In his 1986 book Forgotten Railways, he dismissed as smoke and mirrors the oft-used argument that 33% of rail routes carried only 1% of the traffic, as it ignores the fact that a third of the national road network also only carried 2% of cars and lorries. But unlike rail, road got away with it because no mention was made of how much it cost the taxpayer to keep them usable.
- (transitive) To invalidate; to treat as unworthy of serious consideration.
- By telling the victim to "get over it", the listener dismissed the victim's feelings.
- 2022 January 12, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Unhappy start to 2022”, in RAIL, number 948, page 3:
- As for the IRP, Secretary of State Grant Shapps continues to peddle snake oil, smoke and mirrors. His reaction to near-universal IRP condemnation from politicians, local and national media, and all but a few rail specialists was to dismiss the lot of us (in the condescending and patronising tone we have now come to expect) as "critics and naysayers".
- (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.
- (transitive, cricket) To get a batsman out.
- He was dismissed for 99 runs.
- (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.
- (to end the employment or service of): see Thesaurus:lay off
to order to leave
to reject, refuse to accept
to send or put away, to discard with disregard, contempt or disdain
to give someone a red card
- “dismiss”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.