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[v. dih-skahrd; n. dis-kahrd] /v. dɪˈskɑrd; n. ˈdɪs kɑrd/
verb (used with object)
to cast aside or dispose of; get rid of:
to discard an old hat.
  1. to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand.
  2. to play (a card, not a trump, of a different suit from that of the card led).
verb (used without object)
Cards. to discard a card or cards.
the act of discarding.
a person or thing that is cast out or rejected.
Cards. a card or cards discarded.
Origin of discard
1580-90; dis-1 + card1
Related forms
discardable, adjective
discarder, noun
undiscardable, adjective
undiscarded, adjective
1. retain. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discard
  • Fertility centers discard relatively few excess embryos.
  • Remove fillet from skillet and, using a fork and knife, remove skin from salmon and discard.
  • Every crisis makes us discard our traditional way of looking at things.
  • Every day you face a choice of whether to recycle or simply discard an item.
  • Pull off and discard long, spongy gills from sides of body.
  • Hold the peppers under running water and peel off and discard the skin.
  • But a bound portfolio is the sort of thing your committee's likely to want to discard.
  • Remove and discard the exterior leaves and the heart of the cabbage.
  • discard any with cracked shells before using in recipes.
  • We want you to discard your color palette and think only in shadows.
British Dictionary definitions for discard


verb (dɪsˈkɑːd)
(transitive) to get rid of as useless or undesirable
(cards) to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand
(cards) to play (a card not of the suit led nor a trump) when unable to follow suit
noun (ˈdɪskɑːd)
a person or thing that has been cast aside
(cards) a discarded card
the act of discarding
Derived Forms
discarder, noun
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Word Origin and History for discard

1590s, literally "to throw a card away," from dis- "away" + card (n.). Figurative use (in a non-gaming sense) is first recorded 1580s. In the card-playing sense, decard is attested by 1550s. Related: Discarded; discarding. As a noun, from 1742.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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