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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: dimissus, past participle of dimittere 'to send away'

dismiss

verb
     
Related topics: Employment, Cricket, Law
dis‧miss W3 [transitive]
1 to refuse to consider someone's idea, opinion etc, because you think it is not serious, true, or important:
The government has dismissed criticisms that the country's health policy is a mess.
dismiss something as something
He just laughed and dismissed my proposal as unrealistic.
It's an idea that shouldn't be dismissed out of hand (=dismissed immediately and completely).
2BE to remove someone from their job [= fire, sack]
dismiss somebody for something
Employees can be dismissed for sending obscene emails.
3 formal to tell someone that they are allowed to go, or are no longer needed:
The class was dismissed early today.
4SCL if a judge dismisses a court case, he or she stops it from continuing:
The case was dismissed owing to lack of evidence.
5DSC to end the innings of a player or team in the game of cricket

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