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 discard (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

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 Darryl Dilworth, an assistant superintendent with Public Works, said homeless people living there could decide what to keep and what to discard — and that a tent crushed by a truck had been soiled and abandoned. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2021 Would the Americans be willing to discard missile-killing missiles in exchange for the Chinese abandoning their own (again, theoretical) missile-defense-dodging orbital nukes? David Axe, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The variety of styles at Butter encourages people to discard any preconceived notions of what Black art is. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Aug. 2021 Medicare spent more than $752 million to discard unused drugs in 2019, according to government data. Philip Elliott, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 The department warned last month that the state might have to discard about 217,000 doses by the end of August unless demand picked up. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 Instead of being quick to discard the stalks and leaves, get creative; shred the stalks for broccoli slaw or riced veggies and use the leaves in omelettes or stir fry. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2021 Emergent BioSolutions , designated by the U.S. government as the sole domestic manufacturer of the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines, had to discard 75 million vaccine doses because of possible contamination. WSJ, 4 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, skim off and discard some of the fat from the roasting pan. Deb Wandell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Using a ladle, carefully remove the excess fat from the pot and discard, leaving behind about 2 tbsp. Angie Rito And Scott Tacinelli, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2021 Strain milk mixture into potato-parsnip mixture; discard solids. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 8 Oct. 2021 Wade is the latest example of the success that Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations, has had mining the discard pile for overlooked players. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 For more information contact geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-226-4636. Go treasure hunting: Chagrin Falls is holding its annual village-wide yard sale day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, because one person’s discard may be your treasure. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Formafantasma, an Italian duo working in Amsterdam, took on the problem of electronic waste by disassembling old technology and demonstrating the complex systems required to recycle each discard. Damon Johnstun, oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 Mike Elias has provided him more than a full roster’s worth of players plucked from other organizations’ discard piles. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Strain, using a sieve, into a large bowl, pressing on solids; discard solids. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2021 Their programs analyze data streams continuously, discard unneeded or redundant data and store only the results. Chris Neisinger, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of discard


circa 1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Discard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discard. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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