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English definition of “dismiss”

dismiss

verb uk   /dɪˈsmɪs/ us  

dismiss verb (NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY)

C1 [T] to decide that something or someone is not important and not worth considering: I think he'd dismissed me as an idiot within five minutes of meeting me. Let's not just dismiss the idea before we've even thought about it. Just dismiss those thoughts from your mind - they're crazy and not worth thinking about.

dismiss verb (END JOB)

C1 [T often passive] to remove someone from their job, especially because they have done something wrong: He has been dismissed from his job for incompetence.

dismiss verb (SEND AWAY)

[T] to formally ask or order someone to leave: The teacher dismissed the class early because she had a meeting. [T] When a judge dismisses a court case, he or she formally stops the trial, often because there is not enough proof that someone is guilty: The defending lawyer asked that the charge against his client be dismissed.
(Definition of dismiss from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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