Thesaurus

discrete

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of discrete

not physically attached to another unit
  • several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center

Synonyms for discrete

Words Related to discrete

Near Antonyms for discrete

Antonyms for discrete

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About discrete

How is the word discrete different from other adjectives like it?

The words distinct and separate are common synonyms of discrete. While all three words mean "not being each and every one the same," discrete strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection.

broke the job down into discrete stages

When can distinct be used instead of discrete?

The meanings of distinct and discrete largely overlap; however, distinct indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others.

two distinct versions

When could separate be used to replace discrete?

The synonyms separate and discrete are sometimes interchangeable, but separate often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things.

separate rooms

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About discrete

Time Traveler for discrete

Time Traveler

The first known use of discrete was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Thesaurus Entries Near discrete

discrepant

discrete

discretely

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Discrete.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/discrete. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on discrete

Nglish: Translation of discrete for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of discrete for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!