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DISMISS, verb transitive [Latin]

1. To send away; properly, to give leave of departure; to permit to depart; implying authority in a person to retain or keep. The town clerk dismissed the assembly.

2. To discard; to remove from office, service or employment. The king dismisses his ministers; the master dismisses his servant; and the employer, his workmen. Officers are dismissed from service, and students from college.

3. To send; to dispatch.

He dismissed embassadors from Pekin to Tooshoo Loomboo. [Improper.]

4. To send or remove from a docket; to discontinue; as, to dismiss a bill in chancery.

DISMISS, noun Discharge; dismission. [Not used.]