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[v. dih-skahrd; n. dis-kahrd] /v. dɪˈskɑrd; n. ˈdɪs kɑrd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cast aside or dispose of; get rid of:
to discard an old hat.
2.
Cards.
  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)
3.
Cards. to discard a card or cards.
noun
4.
the act of discarding.
5.
a person or thing that is cast out or rejected.
6.
Cards. a card or cards discarded.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; dis-1 + card1
Related forms
discardable, adjective
discarder, noun
undiscardable, adjective
undiscarded, adjective
Antonyms
1. retain.
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Examples from the web for discarded
  • Chard stems are sometimes discarded because they're so much tougher than the leaves.
  • By some estimates, one-fourth of the world catch is discarded each year.
  • Perhaps discarded then without a thought, the shoe is not dismissed so lightly now.
  • He considered, discarded and pared down ideas for months before he squeezed even a drop of paint onto his palette.
  • Most fishing boats process their catch at sea, generating tons of discarded fish and fish parts that get dumped over the side.
  • When he woke up, he found an empty cell and two discarded hand saws.
  • But that vision of paddling hadrosaurs was discarded decades ago.
  • The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.
  • He wholly discarded the phantasmagoric theory, and confined his attention to the physical properties of the visible world.
  • The new ones begin to form and take on distinctive characteristics before the old ones are discarded.
British Dictionary definitions for discarded

discard

verb (dɪsˈkɑːd)
1.
(transitive) to get rid of as useless or undesirable
2.
(cards) to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand
3.
(cards) to play (a card not of the suit led nor a trump) when unable to follow suit
noun (ˈdɪskɑːd)
4.
a person or thing that has been cast aside
5.
(cards) a discarded card
6.
the act of discarding
Derived Forms
discarder, noun
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Word Origin and History for discarded

discard

v.

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.

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