Dis·miss v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismissed p. pr. & vb. n. Dismissing.]
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, n. Dismission. [Obs.]
v 1: bar from attention or consideration; "She dismissed his
advances" [syn: disregard, brush aside, brush off,
discount, push aside, ignore]
2: cease to consider; put out of judicial consideration; "This
case is dismissed!" [syn: throw out]
3: stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a
child out of wedlock" [syn: send packing, send away, drop]
4: terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary
today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn:
fire, give notice, can, give the axe, send away,
sack, force out, give the sack, terminate] [ant:
5: end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting
the person to leave; "I was dismissed after I gave my
report" [syn: usher out]
6: declare void; "The President dissolved the parliament and
called for new elections" [syn: dissolve]