dismiss: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dis-mis'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go: I dismissed the class early.
  2. to bid or allow (a person) to go; give permission or a request to depart.
  3. to discharge or remove, as from office or service: to dismiss an employee.
  4. to discard or reject: to dismiss a suitor.
  5. to put off or away, esp. from consideration; put aside; reject: She dismissed the story as mere rumor.
  6. to have done with (a subject) after summary treatment: After a perfunctory discussion, he dismissed the idea.
  7. to put out of court, as a complaint or appeal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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