dismiss - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participledismissing
past tensedismissed
past participledismissed
  1. 1
    to refuse to accept that something might be true or important

    We should not dismiss these ideas just because they are unfamiliar.

    dismiss something as something:

    Their evidence was dismissed as completely worthless.

    dismiss something out of hand (=without considering it):

    The theory cannot be dismissed out of hand.

  2. 2
    [often passive] to force someone to leave their job

    Edwards claimed that he had been unfairly dismissed.

    dismiss someone for something:

    He was dismissed for gross misconduct.

    dismiss someone from something:

    Jackson was dismissed from her job because of the allegations.

  3. 4
    legal if a judge dismisses a court case, they officially decide that the case should not continue

    The case was dismissed because of a lack of evidence.