Definitions for: Dismiss


[v] bar from attention or consideration; "She dismissed his advances"
[v] cease to consider; put out of judicial consideration; "This case is dismissed!"
[v] end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting the person to leave
[v] terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
[v] stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*miss", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismissed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dismissing.] [L. dis- + missus, p. p. of mittere to
send: cf. dimittere, OF. desmetre, F. d['e]mettre. See
Demise, and cf. Dimit.]
1. To send away; to give leave of departure; to cause or
permit to go; to put away.

He dismissed the assembly. --Acts xix.
41.

Dismiss their cares when they dismiss their flock.
--Cowper.

Though he soon dismissed himself from state affairs.
--Dryden.

2. To discard; to remove or discharge from office, service,
or employment; as, the king dismisses his ministers; the
matter dismisses his servant.

3. To lay aside or reject as unworthy of attentions or
regard, as a petition or motion in court.


Dis*miss", n.
Dismission. [Obs.] --Sir T. Herbert.

Synonyms: brush aside, brush off, can, discount, disregard, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, ignore, push aside, sack, send away, terminate, throw out, usher out

Antonyms: employ, engage, hire

See Also: clean out, cold-shoulder, discredit, dismiss, disoblige, drop, flout, furlough, laugh away, laugh off, lay off, pass off, pension off, reject, remove, retire, say farewell, scoff, send packing, slight, squeeze out, turn a blind eye

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