Meaning of “dismiss” in the English Dictionary

"dismiss" in British English

See all translations

dismissverb

uk /dɪˈsmɪs/ us /dɪˈsmɪs/

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.

More examples

(Definition of “dismiss” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dismiss" in American English

See all translations

dismissverb [ T ]

us /dɪsˈmɪs/

dismiss verb [ T ] (NOT CONSIDER)

to decide that something or someone is not important and not worth considering:

Let’s not dismiss the idea without discussing it.

dismiss verb [ T ] (SEND AWAY)

to formally ask 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

See all translations

dismissverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈsmɪs/ us

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)