dismiss

At the end of a lesson period, your teacher says, "class dismissed." This means that you and the rest of the students are free to go.

Dismiss means to let go. If a judge dismisses a case, it means he's saying it has no merit, and is throwing it out of court. If you are dismissed from your job, it means you've been fired. And if you've been ignoring your friends' warnings that your boyfriend is cheating, you've been dismissing their concerns. "Don't dismiss me!" is something you say when the person you're talking to is not taking you and your comments seriously.

Definitions of dismiss
  1. verb
    stop associating with
    synonyms: drop, send away, send packing
    drop
    terminate an association with
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    can, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  2. verb
    bar from attention or consideration
    “She dismissed his advances”
    synonyms: brush aside, brush off, discount, disregard, ignore, push aside
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    cold-shoulder, slight
    pay no attention to, disrespect
    discredit
    cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
    shrug off
    minimize the importance of, brush aside
    pass off
    disregard
    flout, scoff
    treat with contemptuous disregard
    turn a blind eye
    refuse to acknowledge
    laugh away, laugh off
    deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it
    disoblige
    ignore someone's wishes
    type of:
    reject
    refuse to accept or acknowledge
  3. verb
    end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting the person to leave
    “I was dismissed after I gave my report”
    synonyms: usher out
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    say farewell
    say good-bye or bid farewell
  4. verb
    cease to consider; put out of judicial consideration
    “This case is dismissed!”
    synonyms: throw out
  5. verb
    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    synonyms: can, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
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    Antonyms:
    employ, engage, hire
    engage or hire for work
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    retire
    make (someone) retire
    pension off
    let go from employment with an attractive pension
    clean out
    force out
    furlough, lay off
    dismiss, usually for economic reasons
    squeeze out
    force out
    drop, send away, send packing
    stop associating with
    superannuate
    retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
    downsize
    dismiss from work
    type of:
    remove
    remove from a position or an office
  6. verb
    declare void
    synonyms: dissolve
    break up, dissolve
    bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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