discard

verb
dis·card | \dis-ˈkärd, ˈdis-ˌ\

Definition of discard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to get rid of especially as useless or unwanted a pile of discarded tires They quickly discarded the idea.

2a : to remove (a playing card) from one's hand (see hand entry 1 sense 9a(2)) discarded an ace

b : to play (any card except a trump) from a suit different from the one led

intransitive verb

: to discard a playing card discard at the end of your turn

discard

noun
dis·card | \ˈdis-ˌkärd \

Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of removing a playing card from one's hand : the act of discarding (see discard entry 1 sense 2a)

b : a card discarded collected the discards

2 : one that is cast off or rejected

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Other Words from discard

Verb

discardable \-də-bəl \ adjective
discarder noun

Choose the Right Synonym for discard

Verb

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

Examples of discard in a Sentence

Verb

Remove and discard the stems. a pile of discarded tires She discarded the six of hearts.

Noun

toss all of your discards in the garbage
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These aren’t signs that liberal democracy is a failure, only that too many people are discarding norms that are still essential to a good society. Cathy Young, BostonGlobe.com, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018 For all of us who have discarded a phone or computer for a newer, sleeker model, the reasons are hardly a mystery. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018 Kellogg says consumers should discard the affected product and contact them for a full refund: 1-800-962-1413 or by visiting this website. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Kellogg's voluntarily recalls Honey Smacks cereal over possible salmonella contamination," 15 June 2018 The activist group SumOfUs estimates that every day, McDonald’s alone dispenses millions of plastic straws that customers soon discard, leaving them to litter beaches or clog waterways and fill trash dumps. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "McDonald's to test plastic-straw alternatives in U.S. later this year," 15 June 2018 There’s a level of irony to the fact that the only veteran defensive tackle the Miami Dolphins added after cutting Ndamukong Suh has been forced to wear the same number as the team’s discarded Pro Bowl defensive lineman. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Akeem Spence openly accepts Dolphins' leadership role," 12 June 2018 Not one of our young people are expendable — and the county doesn't want to see anyone discarded. Nadja Sayej, Teen Vogue, "An Alabama 15-Year-Old Led Police on a High-Speed Stolen Bus Chase," 4 June 2018 Collage is a technique used by Betsey Johnson for a 1966 jumpsuit made of her then-partner John Cale’s discarded rugby shirt. Vogue, "“Fashion Unraveled,” a New Exhibition at FIT, Delights in Deconstruction and Revels in the Repurposed," 30 May 2018 In a final coup de gras note, the local resident suggested that passers-by discard their trash in the bed of the pickup truck. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Mid-City Festival Parking Wars: Attack of the Cones," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Victories have been rare for the Boars, who are usually defeated in regional tournaments, where their squad of onetime discards take on teams for whom soccer is part of the school curriculum. Matt Blomberg, latimes.com, "There's a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient," 11 July 2018 Salsa and tamales past discard date found in walk-in refrigerator. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 Amazingly, the latter two were late pickups off the discard pile, Murphy last year, Macoun this year. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings flashback: Mitch Albom on 1998 Stanley Cup victory," 16 June 2018 Matt Albers: White Sox discard making a name for himself with Brewers, stranding 94.1 percent of runners with 0.88 WHIP. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Astros GM Jeff Luhnow never hides from his own tweets," 1 June 2018 Cooked pork with discard date of April 28 in the refrigerator. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Mesa eatery left 3-day-old food on deli slicer, among other violations," 16 May 2018 Lines of vehicles waited for their chance to offload piles of brush, old furniture, and other discards. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Crews Clean Up Streets, Parks For Earth Day," 2 May 2018 Emily Sudd, for example, conducts acts of domestic archaeology by filling vessels with ceramic discards, firing them, then slicing them in half to reveal their innards in cross-section. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Ceramic art, once written off as mere craft, wins a brighter spotlight in the L.A. scene," 25 Apr. 2018 After accounting for unavoidable rates of discard among all livers harvested for transplant, the researchers calculated that the warm-body approach resulted in 20% more transplanted organs. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Liver transplants are better all around when you hold the ice," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of discard

Verb

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for discard

discard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

discard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

discard

verb
dis·card | \di-ˈskärd \
discarded; discarding

Kids Definition of discard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to get rid of as useless or unwanted

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

discard

noun
dis·card | \ˈdi-ˌskärd \

Kids Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

: something thrown away or rejected

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