Definition of discard in English:


Line breaks: dis|card


Pronunciation: /dɪˈskɑːd
[with object]
1Get rid of (someone or something) as no longer useful or desirable: Hilary bundled up the clothes she had discarded
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  • If this week's insights aren't useful, discard them.
  • The next time you go out shopping, you can discard the plastic carry bag and arm yourself with a jute bag instead.
  • Leave overnight to drip through, then remove the jelly bag, discard the contents and leave to soak in cold water while you finish the jelly.
reject, jettison, scrap, dispense with, cast aside/off, repudiate, abandon, relinquish, drop, have done with, shed, slough off, shrug off, throw on the scrapheap
British informal get shot of
North American informal trash
archaic forsake
1.1(In bridge, whist, and similar card games) play (a card that is neither of the suit led nor a trump), when one is unable to follow suit: West led a heart and East was able to discard his club loser
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  • A player who cannot follow suit is free to trump the trick or discard an unwanted card.
  • After discarding eight cards, the starter leads to the first trick.
  • The dealer creates a Discard pile by discarding the top card of the deck face up.


Pronunciation: /ˈdɪskɑːd
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1A thing rejected as no longer useful or desirable.
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  • Caught by bottom-trawling, which causes damage to the seabed, and is part of a complex mixed fishery (like cod), and so discards are a problem.
  • ‘It has shown a lot of potential in reducing discards, whilst at the same time maintaining good quantities of prawns and we will looking at using the design on our boats on a permanent basis,’ he said.
  • The industry is advocating an alternative policy based on technical conservation measures, closed areas, reduction of discards and strict but even handed enforcement.
1.1(In bridge, whist, and similar card games) a card played which is neither of the suit led nor a trump, when one is unable to follow suit.
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  • If this happens while more than one player requires cards, all the discards are shuffled to form a new stock to deal from.
  • Ace discards are displayed separately from the central discard pile, so that all can see how many Aces have appeared.
  • If 2 or more players play discards to a trick that are the same denomination, suits come into play.


late 16th century (originally in the sense 'reject (a playing card')): from dis- (expressing removal) + the noun card1.



Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkɑːdəb(ə)l/
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  • The evenings probably weren't all that unlike the other readings, except that the material was probably more instantly accessible, and, arguably, discardable.
  • But essentially if something has no impact whatsoever on your existence and there is no way of proving its existence, then it's discardable in all ethical and philosophical terms.
  • Just because you don't fall into this particular line, or know a few exceptions personally, doesn't mean it's completely discardable.

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