verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM discarddis·card·a·ble, adjectivedis·card·er, nounun·dis·card·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·card·ed, adjective
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What does discard mean?
To discard something is to dispose of it or get rid of it.
In card games, to discard a card is to get rid of it, such as by putting it in the discard pile. Discard can also be used as a noun referring to a card that has been discarded. It can also be used as a noun in a general way, but this is less common.
Example: You should have thought about fixing up that old chair instead of just discarding it.
Where does discard come from?
The first records of discard come from around the 1580s. It is formed from the noun card (and its use in the context of card games goes back at least to the 1590s). The prefix dis- is used to mean “away” and implies removal.
You can discard both physical and nonphysical things. You discard your trash. When you clean out your garage, you discard the old things you don’t use anymore. When you cook, you often discard scraps like onion skins. You can discard a bad idea or a first draft. You can even discard people, but this means that you reject them or stop having them be part of your life. The word often implies permanence—when you discard something, it’s usually gone forever. For this reason, it can imply that you should have cared more about it. Sometimes, there are better things to do with something than just discarding it. Instead of discarding leftover food, some restaurants donate it to food banks. Instead of discarding that first draft, you could revise it or rework it.
In card games like rummy, you discard the cards you don’t want or need (called discards) by placing them in the discard pile. In the context of cards, it is often pronounced as “DIS-card” (as opposed to di-SCARD).
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What are some other forms of discard?
- discardable (adjective)
- discarder (noun)
- undiscardable (adjective)
- undiscarded (adjective)
What are some synonyms for discard?
What are some words that often get used in discussing discard?
How is discard used in real life?
Discard is most often used to refer to casting aside or getting rid of something, especially permanently and without remorse.
Anyone else discard all of their notes once done with a class🙋🏽
— Taleah Hawthorne (@taleahtherese) May 4, 2016
marie kondo told me to throw out everything that does not spark joy, so i have decided to discard all of my textbooks as well as my credit card bills. wish me luck
— endhawks lovebot @ ACNH (@redbeantofu) January 9, 2019
god grant me the strength, kindness and patience to call in the people I care for when they mess up, to have their back as they try to learn and grow rather than discard them, and let people have the grace to do the same with me.
— wikipedia brown, socially distant OG (@eveewing) April 27, 2018
Try using discard!
Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym for discard?
D. throw out
Example sentences from the Web for discard
And in a way that was right, because he was keen to save the best bits of it and to discard the worst.
His past lives all display a remarkable bloodlust, one he continues to discard.‘Game of Thrones’ Withdrawal? Watch Nickelodeon’s Fantasy Epic ‘The Legend of Korra’|David Levesley|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So maybe what I've really got here is an Old Master discard being used – by me, the museum visitor – as a modern objet trouvé.
Discard your alcohol and dispose of your pork “The Muslims Are Coming!”
Anyone walking down a Manhattan street on trash day knows that New Yorkers discard some spectacular things.One New York Sanitation Worker Has a New Idea for Recycling Trash … Turn It Into Art|Nina Strochlic|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Lincoln discard his logical faculties and reason with his heart?Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian?|John B. Remsburg
She did not want to encourage him to discard his winter leggings, and was doubtful what to say.Last Words|Juliana Horatia Ewing
Let the railways join in and discard his cars, and all would be well.A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike|Charles King
If, as dealer, you wish to make four tricks in a suit with but three in sight, give the adversaries a chance to discard.Bridge Axioms and Laws|J. B. Elwell
That rode into the discard on the tumbrels of the Revolution.Thirty|Howard Vincent O'Brien