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tr.v. dis·missed, dis·miss·ing, dis·miss·es
1. To end the employment or service of; discharge.
2. To direct or allow to leave: dismissed troops after the inspection; dismissed the student after reprimanding him.
a. To stop considering; rid one's mind of; dispel: dismissed all thoughts of running for office.
b. To refuse to accept or recognize; reject: dismissed the claim as highly improbable.
4. Law To adjudicate (a cause of action) as insufficient to proceed further in court because of some deficiency in law or fact.
5. Sports
a. To eject (a player or coach) for the remainder of a game.
b. To put out (a batter) in cricket.

[Middle English dismissen, from Medieval Latin dismittere, dismiss-, variant of Latin dīmittere : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + mittere, to send.]

dis·miss′i·ble adj.
dis·mis′sion (-mĭsh′ən) n.
Synonyms: dismiss, boot1, bounce, can2, discharge, fire, sack1
These verbs mean to terminate the employment of: was dismissed for insubordination; was booted for being late; afraid of being bounced for union activities; wasn't canned because his uncle owns the business; resort workers discharged at the end of the season; was fired unjustly; a reporter sacked for revealing a confidential source. See Also Synonyms at eject.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dismissed - having lost your job
unemployed - not engaged in a gainful occupation; "unemployed workers marched on the capital"
References in classic literature ?
Jo was dismissed, but chose to march up and down the hall like a sentinel, having some fear that the prisoner might bolt.
He dismissed the essence of things and played with realities.
After the last hymn had been sung, and the congregation was dismissed, Ole slipped out to the hitch-bar and lifted Lena on her horse.
Runners were despatched for intelligence in different directions; spies were ordered to approach and feel the encampment of the Delawares; the warriors were dismissed to their lodges, with an intimation that their services would soon be needed; and the women and children were ordered to retire, with a warning that it was their province to be silent.
Thorndike decided to pay the price; and with the facility of long practice dismissed the Correggio, and snapped his mind back to the present.
As concerned her own individual existence, she had long ago decided in the negative, and dismissed the point as settled.
It was often his delight, after his school was dismissed in the afternoon, to stretch himself on the rich bed of clover bordering the little brook that whimpered by his school-house, and there con over old Mather's direful tales, until the gathering dusk of evening made the printed page a mere mist before his eyes.
it seemed no bad idea; but upon second thoughts I dismissed it.
In fact, she dismissed the matter from her mind, without a second thought; and being occupied in preparations for an evening visit, it passed out of her thoughts entirely.
I said it would be but natural if the king should change his mind and repent to some extent of what he had done under excitement; there- fore I would let the darkness grow a while, and if at the end of a reasonable time the king had kept his mind the same, the darkness should be dismissed.
If he steps back of it, or even leans back, it is considered that he did it to avoid a blow or contrive an advantage; so he is dismissed from his corps in disgrace.
Dobbins had ever administered; and also received with indifference the added cruelty of a command to remain two hours after school should be dismissed -- for he knew who would wait for him outside till his captivity was done, and not count the tedious time as loss, either.