verb (used with object)
to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go: I dismissed the class early.
to bid or allow (a person) to go; give permission or a request to depart.
to discharge or remove, as from office or service: to dismiss an employee.
to discard or reject: to dismiss a suitor.
to put off or away, especially from consideration; put aside; reject: She dismissed the story as mere rumor.
to have done with (a subject) after summary treatment: After a perfunctory discussion, he dismissed the idea.
Law. to put out of court, as a complaint or appeal.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin dismissus (for Latin dīmissus, past participle of dīmittere to send away), equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + mitt(ere) to send + -tus past participle suffix

dismissible, adjective
predismiss, verb (used with object)
redismiss, verb (used with object)
undismissed, adjective

3. fire.

2. recall. 3. hire. 4. accept.

2. See release.
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dismiss (dɪsˈmɪs)
1.  to remove or discharge from employment or service
2.  to send away or allow to go or disperse
3.  to dispel from one's mind; discard; reject
4.  to cease to consider (a subject): they dismissed the problem
5.  to decline further hearing to (a claim or action): the judge dismissed the case
6.  cricket to bowl out (a side) for a particular number of runs
sentence substitute
7.  military an order to end an activity or give permission to disperse
[C15: from Medieval Latin dismissus sent away, variant of Latin dīmissus, from dīmittere, from dī-dis-1 + mittere to send]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from O.Fr. desmis, from M.L. dismissus, from L. dimissus, pp. of dimittere "send away," from di- "apart, away" + mittere "send, let go." Prefix altered by analogy with many dis- verbs. Dismit, in the same sense, is attested from late 14c. Related: Dismissed.
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