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discard

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verb dis·card \dis-ˈkärd, ˈdis-ˌ\

Simple Definition of discard

  • : to throw (something) away because it is useless or unwanted

  • : to remove (a playing card) from your hand in a card game

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to get rid of especially as useless or unwanted <a pile of discarded tires>

  3. 2 a :  to remove (a playing card) from one's hand b :  to play (any card except a trump) from a suit different from the one led

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to discard a playing card

discardable play \-də-bəl\ adjective
discarder noun

Examples of discard in a sentence

  1. Remove and discard the stems.

  2. a pile of discarded tires

  3. She discarded the six of hearts.



Circa 1586

First Known Use of discard

circa 1586

Synonym Discussion of discard

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless <discard old clothes>. cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation <cast off her friends>. shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster <shed a bad habit> <finally sloughed off the depression>. scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form <scrap all the old ways> <would junk our educational system>.

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discard

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noun dis·card \ˈdis-ˌkärd\

Simple Definition of discard

  • : something (such as a playing card) that has been discarded

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discard

  1. 1 a :  the act of discarding in a card game b :  a card discarded

  2. 2 :  one that is cast off or rejected

Examples of discard in a sentence

  1. <toss all of your discards in the garbage>



1744

First Known Use of discard

1744


DISCARD Defined for Kids

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discard

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verb dis·card \di-ˈskärd\

Definition of discard for Students

discardeddiscarding

  1. 1 :  to get rid of as useless or unwanted

  2. 2 :  to throw down an unwanted card from a hand of cards




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discard

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noun dis·card \ˈdi-ˌskärd\

Definition of discard for Students

  1. :  something thrown away or rejected





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