The act of sending someone away or firing them is dismissal. Your friend's dismissal from the pizza place where he kept dropping the dough on the floor means he's looking for a new job — preferably not in food service.

When a school bell rings at the end of the day, signaling that students can leave, that's one kind of dismissal. Bad news from a boss that the company is laying you off is also a dismissal, and when a judge rules that a trial is over and the case has been dropped, it's yet another kind of dismissal. The word comes from dismiss, "send away," from the Latin root dimittere, "send different ways" or "break up."

Definitions of dismissal
  1. noun
    the sending away of someone; permission to go
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    approval to do something
  2. noun
    a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial
    synonyms: judgement of dismissal, judgment of dismissal
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    judgement, judgment, judicial decision
    (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
  3. noun
    official notice that you have been fired from your job
    synonyms: dismission, pink slip
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    marching orders, walking papers
    (informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge
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    advance notification (usually written) of the intention to withdraw from an arrangement of contract
  4. noun
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    synonyms: discharge, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking
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    the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
    conge, congee
    an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
    dismissal from office
    deactivation, inactivation
    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
    honorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
    dishonorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
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    a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
    an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
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