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verb [transitive] dismiss pronunciation in British English /dɪsˈmɪs/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydismiss
he/she/itdismisses
present participledismissing
past tensedismissed
past participledismissed
  1. 1
    to refuse to accept that something might be true or important

    The minister dismissed claims that he had accepted bribes.

    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. 3
    to officially tell people that they can leave a place

    Judge Helman dismissed the jury after they failed to reach a verdict.

    The class is dismissed.

  4. 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.

    The court dismissed his appeal.

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