discard

verb
dis·​card | \ dis-ˈkärd How to pronounce discard (audio) , ˈdis-ˌkärd \
discarded; discarding; discards

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 7a(1)) 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 How to pronounce discard (audio) \

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 \ dis-​ˈkärd-​də-​bəl How to pronounce discardable (audio) , ˈdis-​ˌkär-​ \ adjective
discarder noun

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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 Both so far have been less eager than some of their colleagues to discard past rulings. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "Barrett’s View of Tossing Supreme Court Precedent Alarms Critics," 12 Oct. 2020 Spruces and firs discard needles, too, but the loss is less apparent because of their dense branching and tight, pyramidal form. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Evergreens might be shedding needles this season as well — here’s how to tell if there’s a problem with your tree," 10 Oct. 2020 Home to Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, is expected to discard 6,126 to 9,190 ballots. USA Today, "More than 1 million people could lose their vote on Nov. 3. That’s the best-case scenario," 8 Oct. 2020 Cut the tops off, split the chiles down one side to open, and remove and discard the seeds. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An elevated riff on traditional chile verde," 16 Sep. 2020 Thus, at this time, the best management is to pull and discard the weeds. oregonlive, "Is improper pruning responsible for non-blooming azalea? Ask an expert," 4 Oct. 2020 Biden would likely discard overt political rhetoric, instead focusing on science related to the pandemic. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Biden must tread carefully responding to Trump and first lady COVID-19 positive tests," 2 Oct. 2020 The high court also will decide whether the state can continue to discard ballots cast at the wrong precinct. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court to rule on Arizona's ban against third-party ballot collection," 2 Oct. 2020 Ohio election law requires that even after the counting is done and election results are final, county election boards in Ohio cannot discard the ballots. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "All eyes on Cleveland for Tuesday’s first presidential debate: The Wake Up for Monday, Sept. 28, 2020," 28 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pour 1 cup of tomato sauce into a casserole dish. Slice off tops of bell peppers, then remove the membranes and seeds and discard. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cheesy sausage and rice stuffed peppers perfect for a chilly fall day," 8 Oct. 2020 Directions Remove any skin from the salmon and discard. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Sesame Pork Roast; Smoked Salmon Spread; Gingered Squash Soup; Cabbage Salad With Spicy Lime Vinaigrette," 30 Sep. 2020 As water heats, skim any impurities that rise to the surface and discard. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "You’ve mastered bone broth. Now turn it into glace — cubes of unparalleled deliciousness that will transform any dish.," 25 Sep. 2020 Terrazas also found the sourdough discard to be the biggest revelation of his quarantine baking efforts. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Sick of sourdough bread yet? 5 sourdough dishes beyond the basic loaf: empanadas, waffles, popovers, crepes and crackers," 12 Aug. 2020 Many bakers throw it out, but that discard can be used to make countless other things. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Sick of sourdough bread yet? 5 sourdough dishes beyond the basic loaf: empanadas, waffles, popovers, crepes and crackers," 12 Aug. 2020 Allow the seeds to steep for 10 minutes; strain the seeds and discard. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "11 Do-It-Yourself Home Face Masks That Bring The Spa To You," 22 May 2020 Pour soup through strainer into a pot; discard solids. Melissa King, PEOPLE.com, "Top Chef’s Melissa King Shares the Winning Corn-Coconut Soup Recipe from Her Season," 13 Aug. 2020 That discard is loaded with a wide range of flavorful and aromatic bacteria and yeast. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Sick of sourdough bread yet? 5 sourdough dishes beyond the basic loaf: empanadas, waffles, popovers, crepes and crackers," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of discard

Verb

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of discard was circa 1578

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discard. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for discard

discard

verb
How to pronounce discard (audio)

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
How to pronounce discard (audio)

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 How to pronounce discard (audio) \
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 How to pronounce discard (audio) \

Kids Definition of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

: something thrown away or rejected

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