Definition of dismiss in English:


Line breaks: dis|miss
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈmɪs


[with object]
  • 2Treat as unworthy of serious consideration: it would be easy to dismiss him as all brawn and no brain
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    • Certainly, American partisan politics are seldom addressed, and normally are only brought up in order to be dismissed.
    • So, don't dismiss surfing as a sport for Hawaiians and Australians only.
    • But dismissing your opponents as uneducable and unlearned by making dismissive remarks about the quality of their teachers serves no useful purpose.
  • 2.1Deliberately cease to think about: he suspected a double meaning in her words, but dismissed the thought
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    • The insidious history of this word cannot be dismissed easily.
    • The mostly-bald monk merely smiled, and dismissed such words.
    • She dismissed my words with a casual flick of her hand.
  • 2.2 Law Refuse further hearing to (a case): the judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence
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    • At the Crown Court on Friday, Ali's appeal against conviction and sentence was dismissed and he was ordered to pay a further 200 in costs.
    • The public order offence was dismissed and the assault charges discharged.
    • Kroon dismissed the application and ordered the applicants to pay the costs.



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  • According to Mr. Alterman's view, that makes pretty much anything I write dismissible - not because of what I say, but because of where I come from.
  • Time may appear puzzling in the film, but Gondry offers many clues that appear in the form of minute, seemingly dismissible details.
  • If these suggestions are implemented, even in phases, as financial allotments would allow, taking a bus will no longer be a dismissible option.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin dismiss-, variant of Latin dimiss- 'sent away', from the verb dimittere.

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