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discard (v.)

1590s, "throw out or reject a card dealt to a player, in accordance with the rules of the game," literally "to throw a card away," from dis- "away" + card (n.1). Figurative use (in a non-gaming sense) "cast off, dismiss" is attested slightly earlier (1580s). In the card-playing sense, decard is attested by 1550s. Related: Discarded; discarding. As a noun, "act of discarding or rejecting," from 1742.

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Definitions of discard from WordNet
1
discard (n.)
anything that is cast aside or discarded;
discard (n.)
(cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit;
discard (n.)
getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable;
Synonyms: throwing away
2
discard (v.)
throw or cast away;
Synonyms: fling / toss / toss out / toss away / chuck out / cast aside / dispose / throw out / cast out / throw away / cast away / put away
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