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"dismiss" in British English

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dismissverb

uk   us   /dɪˈsmɪs/

dismiss verb (NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY)

C1 [T] to ​decide that something or someone is not ​important and not ​worthconsidering: 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 ​eventhought about it. Just dismiss those ​thoughts fromyourmind - they're ​crazy and not ​worththinking about.
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dismiss verb (END JOB)

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

dismiss verb (SEND AWAY)

[T] to ​formallyask or ​order someone to ​leave: The ​professor dismissed the ​class early because she had a ​meeting. [T] When a ​judge dismisses a ​courtcase, he or she ​formallystops the ​trial, often because there is not enough ​proof that someone is ​guilty: The ​defendinglawyerasked that the ​charge against his ​client be dismissed.
(Definition of dismiss from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dismiss" in American English

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dismissverb [T]

 us   /dɪsˈmɪs/

dismiss verb [T] (NOT CONSIDER)

to ​decide that something or someone is not ​important and not ​worthconsidering: Let’s not dismiss the ​idea without ​discussing it.

dismiss verb [T] (SEND AWAY)

to ​formallyask or ​order someone to ​leave: The ​teacher dismissed the ​class early. Someone who is dismissed from a ​job is ​officially told not to ​work at that ​job any ​longer.
(Definition of dismiss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dismiss" in Business English

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dismissverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​poorperformance.dismiss sb from sth He was dismissed from his ​job for 'serious ​misconduct'.
LAW to ​formallystop 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 ​stoletradesecrets 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 ​budgetaryconcerns.dismiss reports/speculation/talk The ​chairman dismissed ​talk of a ​merger with the ​rivalcompany.
(Definition of dismiss from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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