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English definition of “dismiss”

dismiss

verb [T]
 
 
/dɪˈsmɪs/
NOT CONSIDER to refuse to consider an idea or opinion: The committee dismissed the idea as rubbish.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention
MAKE LEAVE to officially make someone leave their job: [often passive] Anyone who breaks company rules will be dismissed.Firing staff and being fired
ALLOW TO LEAVE to give someone official permission to leave: The bell rang and the teacher dismissed the class.Liberating, relaxing and releasing
(Definition of dismiss from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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