Collocations With The Word Dismiss

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with 'dismiss' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.

Dismiss (a) suggestion

When you 'dismiss a suggestion', you refuse to consider it for a particular reason.


  • The boss dismissed my suggestion. He thought it was too complicated.
  • At least listen to what I have to say before you dismiss my suggestion.
  • Martin spent most of the meeting dismissing any suggestion made to him because he wanted the project to be done his way.

Be dismissive of (something/somebody)

If you are 'dismissive of something/somebody', you react to them in a way that shows your lack of interest or respect.


  • I thought you were very dismissive of Alice earlier. Just because she's young, doesn't mean she can't come up with a useful idea.
  • The politician was dismissive of the article, claiming that it was designed to make him look bad.
  • Stop being so dismissive of Jack. I think he's one of the most capable people we have working here.

Dismiss a popup (window/warning)

When you 'dismiss a popup window/warning', you get rid of it so that it is no longer on your screen.


  • Our website is not very user friendly. You need to dismiss a lot of popup adverts before you can access the content.
  • You shouldn't have dismissed that popup warning so quickly. I didn't have time to see if a virus had been detected or not.
  • David is always dismissing pop up windows without reading them first. Sometimes they appear for a good reason.

Dismiss (the) case

'Dismiss the case' means to formally stop a trial, often due to lack of evidence.


  • The judge dismissed the case when the primary witness withdrew their statement.
  • I told my client that there is no way the court will be dismissing the case. Not with so much evidence having been presented.
  • The case was dismissed last year. I don't know why people think I was found guilty.

Dismiss (allegations/gossip/rumours)

When you 'dismiss allegations/gossip/rumours', you deny that there is any truth in them.


  • The CEO released a statement to dismiss rumours that job cuts were imminent.
  • The politician spent most of his campaign dismissing allegations of bribery.
  • I don't care what the staff are saying behind my back. I'm too busy to waste time dismissing gossip.

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