Definition of discard in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /diˈskärd//dɪˈskɑrd/
  • 1Get rid of (someone or something) as no longer useful or desirable.

    ‘Hilary bundled up the clothes she had discarded’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only a minority of people will discard bags full with rubbish in the Lane, but that minority is still numerically big enough to cause environmental havoc.’
    • ‘To prevent people from discarding garbage on the elevated highway, the taxi company has begun providing a garbage bag in every car.’
    • ‘Before eating it, she proceeded to break off the outer sides, discarding them on the ground at her feet, notwithstanding the fact there was a litter bin nearby.’
    • ‘If you find damage, cut off, bag, and discard infested leaves.’
    • ‘Strain, reserving the milk but discarding the garlic and thyme, and mash, adding the cream and milk until fluffy - you may not need all the milk.’
    • ‘The next time you go out shopping, you can discard the plastic carry bag and arm yourself with a jute bag instead.’
    • ‘One day, he discovers a hole beneath a piece of seemingly discarded tin roofing at an abandoned farmhouse.’
    • ‘The local Council is trying to clamp down on people who discard litter around towns and in the countryside.’
    • ‘That never-ending task of discarding the detritus netted by too many impulse buys had me going through a pile of books today.’
    • ‘Like monkeys, which abandon their babies that fall from their grip, this particular goose variety discards the eggs that are handled by humans and thereafter does not sit on them.’
    • ‘When they stop being useful, we must be prepared to discard them.’
    • ‘Once there, he dumped the tea, and pulled out a bottle, discarding the cap into the trash before returning to the couch.’
    • ‘Whether it was her intent to consume the salad or discard it in the trash was not established.’
    • ‘I wish they would discard their cigarettes properly instead of just dropping them on the ground.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, the council proposed to hit people who discard gum on the city streets with £50 on-the-spot fines.’
    • ‘Young people discard drink cans, sweep wrappers, carrier bags, on to the streets, and if anyone objects they are subjected to a barrage of foul language.’
    • ‘If this week's insights aren't useful, discard them.’
    • ‘Rather than wait for bills to pile up, open the mail the day it comes, and shred or discard junk mail immediately.’
    • ‘I agree that some people will always just discard their empties wherever they happen to be, but the provision of more bins must be a step in the right direction.’
    dispose of, throw away, throw out, get rid of, toss out
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    1. 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.
      • ‘A player who cannot follow suit is free to trump the trick or discard an unwanted card.’
      • ‘The dealer creates a Discard pile by discarding the top card of the deck face up.’
      • ‘After discarding eight cards, the starter leads to the first trick.’
      • ‘If you drew just the top card of the discard pile you must discard a different card.’
      • ‘The same penalty is payable by the declarer if the wrong number of cards were discarded.’


Pronunciation /ˈdɪsˌkɑrd//ˈdisˌkärd/
  • 1A person or thing rejected as no longer useful or desirable.

    • ‘The discards of one age often become the treasures of another!’
    • ‘They have enacted measures to force boats to use larger net sizes which would reduce discards by 70%.’
    • ‘Most of the players, though, were discards from the other two provinces.’
    • ‘Some estimates suggest that as many as 900,000 young salmon are being killed by mackerel and herring fleets in the North Sea only to be dumped over the side as by-catch discards.’
    • ‘But who owns the discards, the shards that have never been seen, the throw-aways that have been converted into new forms with original content?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firms telephone him to offer their discards and truck them to his work site.’
    • ‘He has found his images in dumpsters and recycling bins, or friends who knew he was actively collecting photographic discards had given them to him.’
    • ‘With the growth of the fast-food industry in the past three decades, it has become even more difficult to estimate the waste portion or discard of deep-frying fats.’
    • ‘The industry is advocating an alternative policy based on technical conservation measures, closed areas, reduction of discards and strict but even handed enforcement.’
    • ‘I'll probably end up getting all of the above discards at some later date, but I just keep telling myself it's not the absolute expenditure that counts, it's the spreading out.’
    • ‘Self-help groups have been put on intensive training to make various products from bamboo and other materials that normally end up as garbage discards.’
    • ‘The rays and sharks are abundant here, feeding on discards made by commercial fishermen.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘While our relationship with most of our material life is ephemeral, the discards of that life will last forever.’
    • ‘But it was inside the house that her madness truly reined, where she had stuffed her rooms with worthless discards.’
    • ‘Slowly but surely, carry bags made of newspapers and cloth discards as well as coconut-shell cups and spoons are gaining a toehold in the resort.’
    • ‘So anyway, we'll need to go through the boxes of discards in order to cross them off our list.’
    • ‘The books are a combination of library discards and donations by the public.’
    • ‘We need to ask people to direct these discards into separate containers.’
    substandard article, discard, second
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    1. 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.
      • ‘If 2 or more players play discards to a trick that are the same denomination, suits come into play.’
      • ‘This may be done with a discard or by playing all of your cards on other players.’
      • ‘If this happens while more than one player requires cards, all the discards are shuffled to form a new stock to deal from.’
      • ‘The discards may include some or all of the same cards that were picked up from the stock.’
      • ‘Ace discards are displayed separately from the central discard pile, so that all can see how many Aces have appeared.’


Late 16th century (originally in the sense ‘reject (a playing card’)): from dis- (expressing removal) + the noun card.