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


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


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

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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


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


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

Today, elite universities—by insisting that excellence requires exclusivity—have assumed the aristocratic mantle that Europe has since discarded, only now with a meritocratic twist. Daniel Markovits, Time, "American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?," 12 Sep. 2019 Surveillance footage showed Dulos and Troconis discarding items that had Jennifer Dulos' blood on them. NBC News, "Girlfriend of Connecticut man arrested in case of his missing wife surrenders to police," 5 Sep. 2019 When West follows twice and then discards, Cy has a complete count: West’s pattern was 2-2-2-7. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: Sept. 1, 2019," 1 Sep. 2019 Police need a warrant or an emergency to enter someone’s home, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday, discarding a 20-year-old opinion that would allow entry for less-urgent reasons. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California Supreme Court tightens standards for police search of homes," 13 Aug. 2019 Police allege Dulos and Troconis discarded items containing Farber Dulos’ blood in trash bins in Hartford. David Owens, courant.com, "Fotis Dulos’ lawyer refuses to say whether he was with Dulos the day missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos disappeared," 6 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, industries in Alabama have to bring in discarded plastics from all over the world because Alabama doesn’t recycle enough of its own. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Alabama is great at recycling other people’s trash - just not its own," 19 June 2019 Halve and core the tomatoes and cut them crosswise into 1/4-inch thick half-moon slices, discarding the ends. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tex-Mex Tomato Pie," 12 June 2019 While inside a patrol vehicle, Graves damaged a rear door’s interior, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies located and recovered the firearm Graves discarded while fleeing the area, the release said. Robert Rhoden, nola.com, "Teen fired gun during fight near Covington: sheriff," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

East can take the queen and shift to diamonds, but South wins and leads his jack of hearts to set up dummy’s king for a diamond discard. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: July 8, 2019," 8 July 2019 Gradually, the meaning of discard broadened to include rejection beyond card-playing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "English lays its cards on the table of our tongue," 27 July 2019 While Kellog was able to limit her trash to a jam jar, Americans on average discard 2,555 pounds of materials annually, according to a 2018 report from the Frontier Group citing a Columbia University study. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "2 years of trash in a jam jar: People striving to go 'zero-waste' say it's worth the effort," 17 July 2019 Soneva Fushi was also the first resort in the Maldives to recycle plastic on-site and collect discards from nearby islands with their Maker Programme. Katie Lockhart, National Geographic, "These luxury resorts want to save the Maldives," 5 Apr. 2019 Inside Lepe’s chabolas, the furnishings are scraps and discards, but nearly everybody has a phone. Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic, "African migrants in Europe trade one hardship for another," 25 June 2019 When dummy has advertised a side suit, as in North-South’s auction, West should lead aggressively, hoping to set up winners before declarer uses dummy’s suit for discards. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 18, 2019," 18 June 2019 The only difference being that creatures, enchantments, and artifacts stay on the playing field whereas sorceries and instants are placed in your discard pile, also known as your graveyard, after casting their one-time effect. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 That’s when Rachel throws out the eight of bamboo as a discard — folding her winning hand, knowing that Eleanor will pick it up and declare victory. Jeff Yang, Vox, "The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of discard


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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



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

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


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


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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