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From dis- +‎ card. Compare Spanish descartar.



discard (third-person singular simple present discards, present participle discarding, simple past and past participle discarded)

  1. (transitive) To throw away, to reject.
    Synonyms: cast away, dismiss, dispose, eliminate, get rid of, throw away; see also Thesaurus:junk
    • 1832, [Isaac Taylor], Saturday Evening. [], London: Holdsworth and Ball, OCLC 2619891:
      A man discards the follies of boyhood.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, pages 67-68:
      My next stop is Oxford, which has also grown with the addition of new platforms to accommodate the Chiltern Railways service to London via Bicester - although, short sightedly, the planned electrification from Paddington was canned. Evidence of the volte-face can be seen along the line at places such as Radley, where mast piles are already sunk or lie discarded at the lineside.
  2. (intransitive, card games) To make a discard; to throw out a card.
  3. To dismiss from employment, confidence, or favour; to discharge.
    Synonyms: fire, let go, sack; see also Thesaurus:lay off



discard (plural discards)

  1. Anything discarded.
  2. A discarded playing card in a card game.
  3. (programming) A temporary variable used to receive a value of no importance and unable to be read later.
    • 2017, Andrew Troelsen, Philip Japikse, Pro C# 7: With .NET and .NET Core (page 120)
      Discards can be used with out parameters, with tuples, with pattern matching (Chapters 6 and 8), or even as stand-alone variables.


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