- 1[transitive] (formal) to get rid of something that you no longer want or need discard somebody/something The room was littered with discarded newspapers. He had discarded his jacket because of the heat. (figurative) She could now discard all thought of promotion. discard somebody/something as something 10% of the data was discarded as unreliable.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] discard (something) (in card games) to get rid of a card that you do not want Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally in the sense ‘reject (a playing card)’): from dis- (expressing removal) + the noun card.Extra examples Older managers have been discarded in favour of younger people. Rose quickly discarded the idea. These ideas have now been completely discarded. the parts of the animal that people may simply discard as inedible Most of the data was discarded as unreliable. The floor was littered with discarded newspapers.
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɑːd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɑːrd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discard
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɑːd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɑːrd//he / she / it discards
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɑːdz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɑːrdz//past simple discarded
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɑːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɑːrdɪd//past participle discarded
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɑːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɑːrdɪd//-ing form discarding
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɑːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɑːrdɪŋ//