[ verb dih-skahrd; noun dis-kahrd ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cast aside or dispose of; get rid of: to discard an old hat.

  2. Cards.

    • to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand.

    • to play (a card, not a trump, of a different suit from that of the card led).

verb (used without object)
  1. Cards. to discard a card or cards.

  1. the act of discarding.

  2. a person or thing that is cast out or rejected.

  1. Cards. a card or cards discarded.

Origin of discard

First recorded in 1580–90; dis-1 + card1

Opposites for discard

Other words from discard

  • dis·card·a·ble, adjective
  • dis·card·er, noun
  • un·dis·card·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby discard

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How to use discard in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discard


  1. (tr) to get rid of as useless or undesirable

  2. cards to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand

  1. cards to play (a card not of the suit led nor a trump) when unable to follow suit

  1. a person or thing that has been cast aside

  2. cards a discarded card

  1. the act of discarding

Derived forms of discard

  • discarder, noun

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