1 decide sth is not important
immediately, out of hand, summarily

He dismissed her suggestion out of hand.

blithely, casually, cavalierly (esp. AmE), easily, lightly, readily, simply

Children's fears should never be dismissed lightly.


She contemptuously dismissed their complaints.

completely, entirely, outright

His plan was dismissed outright by his friends.


Such reports are routinely dismissed as hysteria.

be unable to, cannot
not be possible to

It is no longer possible to dismiss the link between climate change and carbon emissions.

be difficult to, be easy to

It is easy to dismiss him as nothing more than an old fool.

try to

She dismissed their arguments as irrelevant.


She tried to dismiss the idea from her mind.

2 remove sb from a job
unfairly, wrongfully (esp. BrE)

The court ruled that Ms Hill had been unfairly dismissed.

constructively (BrE)

He was summarily dismissed from his job.

Dismiss is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑court, ↑judge, ↑tribunal
Dismiss is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accusation, ↑allegation, ↑appeal, ↑argument, ↑batsman, ↑case, ↑charge, ↑claim, ↑class, ↑complaint, ↑concern, ↑criticism, ↑employee, ↑idea, ↑importance, ↑indictment, ↑juror, ↑meeting, ↑minister, ↑notion, ↑petition, ↑possibility, ↑report, ↑side, ↑speculation, ↑staff, ↑suggestion, ↑suit, ↑view, ↑worker, ↑worry

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