What does discard mean?

Definitions for discard
dɪˈskɑrd; ˈdɪs kɑrddis·card

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discardnoun

    anything that is cast aside or discarded

  2. discardnoun

    (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit

  3. discard, throwing awayverb

    getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable

  4. discard, fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put awayverb

    throw or cast away

    "Put away your worries"


  1. discardnoun

    Anything discarded.

  2. discardnoun

    A discarded playing card in a card game.

  3. discardverb

    to throw away, to reject

  4. Etymology: descarter, for more usual escarter (French écarter), *. Although early associated with card play, it doesn't derive from card.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Discardverb

    Etymology: dis and card.

    These men being certainly jewels to a wise man, considering what wonders they were able to perform, yet were discarded by that unworthy prince, as not worthy the holding. Philip Sidney.

    Their captains, if they list, discard whom they please, and send away such as will perhaps willingly be rid of that dangerous and hard service. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Should we own that we have a very imperfect idea of substance, would it not be hard to charge us with discarding substance out of the world? John Locke.

    Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is always therefore represented as blind. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 99.

    They blame the favourites, and think it nothing extraordinary that the queen should be at an end of her patience, and resolve to discard them. Jonathan Swift.

    I do not conceive why a sunk discarded party, who neither expect nor desire more than a quiet life, should be charged with endeavouring to introduce popery. Jonathan Swift.


  1. discard

    Discard refers to the act of getting rid of something deemed unnecessary, unwanted, or no longer useful. This can pertain to tangible objects, ideas, or practices. The term is commonly used in contexts such as games, waste management, or personal organization. It indicates removal, rejection, or disposal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discardverb

    to throw out of one's hand, as superfluous cards; to lay aside (a card or cards)

  2. Discardverb

    to cast off as useless or as no longer of service; to dismiss from employment, confidence, or favor; to discharge; to turn away

  3. Discardverb

    to put or thrust away; to reject

  4. Discardverb

    to make a discard

  5. Discardnoun

    the act of discarding; also, the card or cards discarded

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discard

    dis-kärd, v.t. and v.i. to throw away, as not needed or not allowed by the game, said of cards: in whist, to throw down a (useless) card of another suit when one cannot follow suit and cannot or will not trump: to cast off: to discharge: to reject.—n. the act of discarding: the card or cards thrown out of the hand.—n. Discard′ment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discard in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of discard in a Sentence

  1. Christen Kuikoua:

    Never discard your talents as if they were disposable, for the gift you just overlooked is the key to improvement and, if harnessed, the catalyst for change in the lives of many.

  2. Jeffrey Veale:

    People who have FSGS, up until this point they’d say, ‘The recipient has FSGS — now we have to discard the kidney,’.

  3. David Klassen:

    Underutilization of organs from these donors still occurs and is probably underestimated in this paper by looking at 'discard rates' since this does not account for organs that are never procured despite the possibility of providing benefit to potential recipients.

  4. Mark Sanford:

    There's a temptation, given the American public's frustration with the political system,... to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and' let's discard all these institutions that have served us incredibly well for 200 + years,'.

  5. Lao Tzu:

    While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, He who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything that needs to be done gets done.

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  • weggooiAfrikaans
  • изоставяне, изхвърлям, изчистена карта, захвърлям, захвърлянеBulgarian
  • odhoditCzech
  • verwerfenGerman
  • desechar, descartarSpanish
  • hylky, [[heittää]] [[pois]], heittää menemään, hylätä, [[pois]] [[heitetty]] [[kortti]], jäte, hylkytavaraFinnish
  • rejeterFrench
  • 廃棄物, 捨て札, 破棄する, 捨てる, 棄てるJapanese
  • 버리다Korean
  • whakarei, ākiriMāori
  • zrzucićPolish
  • descartarPortuguese
  • отхо́ды, выбрасывать, отбросить, отбрасывать, сброшенная карта, выброситьRussian
  • zavrečiSlovene
  • lahlaSouthern Sotho
  • kasta, avfärdaSwedish
  • நிராகரிக்கTamil
  • వదిలిన, నిరాకరించు, పారవేసిన పేక ముక్కTelugu

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    the act of carrying something
    A accompany
    B conceal
    C carry
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