- 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.]
- To discard; to remove or discharge from office, service, or employment; as, the king dismisses his ministers; the matter dismisses his servant.
- To lay aside or reject as unworthy of attentions or regard, as a petition or motion in court.
Etymology: L. dis- + missus, p. p. of mittere to send: cf. dimittere, OF. desmetre, F. démettre. See Demise, and cf. Dimit