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Webster 1913 Edition


Dismiss

Dis-miss′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dismissed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dismissing
.]
[L.
dis-
+
missus
, p. p. of
mittere
to send: cf.
dimittere
, OF.
desmetre
, F.
démettre
. See
Demise
, and cf.
Dimit
.]
1.
To send away; to give leave of departure; to cause or permit to go; to put away.
He
dismissed
the assembly.
Acts xix. 41.
Dismiss
their cares when they
dismiss
their flock.
Cowper.
Though he soon
dismissed
himself from state affairs.
Dryden.
2.
To discard; to remove or discharge from office, service, or employment;
as, the king
dismisses
his ministers; the matter
dismisses
his servant.
3.
To lay aside or reject as unworthy of attentions or regard, as a petition or motion in court.

Dis-miss′

,
Noun.
Dismission.
[Obs.]
Sir T. Herbert.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dismiss

DISMISS

,
Verb.
T.
[L.]
1.
To send away; properly, to give leave of departure; to permit to depart; implying authority in a person to retain or keep. The town clerk dismissed the assembly.
2.
To discard; to remove from office, service or employment. The king dismisses his ministers; the master dismisses his servant; and the employer, his workmen. Officers are dismissed from service, and students from college.
3.
To send; to dispatch.
He dismissed embassadors from Pekin to Tooshoo Loomboo. [Improper.]
4.
To send or remove from a docket; to discontinue; as, to dismiss a bill in chancery.

DISMISS

,
Noun.
Discharge; dismission. [Not used.]

Definition 2021


dismiss

dismiss

English

Verb

dismiss (third-person singular simple present dismisses, present participle dismissing, simple past and past participle dismissed)

  1. (transitive) To discharge; to end the employment or service of.
    The company dismissed me after less than a year.
  2. (transitive) To order to leave.
    The soldiers were dismissed after the parade.
  3. (transitive) To dispel; to rid one's mind of.
    He dismissed all thoughts of acting again.
  4. (transitive) To reject; to refuse to accept.
    The court dismissed the case.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter IV”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      "He was here," observed Drina composedly, "and father was angry with him." "What?" exclaimed Eileen. "When?" "This morning, before father went downtown." Both Selwyn and Lansing cut in coolly, dismissing the matter with a careless word or two; and coffee was servedcambric tea in Drina's case.
  5. To send or put away.
    She dismissed him with a wave of the hand.
  6. (transitive, cricket) To get a batsman out.
    He was dismissed for 99 runs.
  7. (transitive, soccer) To give someone a red card; to send off.
    • 2010 December 28, Kevin Darlin, West Brom 1-3 Blackburn”, in BBC:
      Kalinic later saw red for a rash tackle on Paul Scharner before Gabriel Tamas was dismissed for bringing down Diouf.

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  • See Wikisaurus:lay off (from employment)

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