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dismiss

verb [T]
 
 
/dɪˈsmɪs/
HR, WORKPLACE to remove someone from their job, especially because they have done something wrong: dismiss sb for sth Salespeople may be dismissed for many reasons, the most common of which is poor performance.dismiss sb from sth He was dismissed from his job for 'serious misconduct'.
LAW to formally stop a trial in a court of law, often because there is not enough proof that someone is guilty: dismiss charges/a case/a lawsuit The company has asked the judge to dismiss the case saying that the claim it stole trade secrets is not legally well-founded.
to decide that something or someone is not important and not worth considering: dismiss claims/complaints/concerns He dismissed claims by members of the union that the layoffs are motivated by budgetary concerns.dismiss reports/speculation/talk The chairman dismissed talk of a merger with the rival company.
(Definition of dismiss from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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