discard

When you discard something, you get rid of it. If your closet is overflowing with clothes you haven't worn since 1992, why not discard some of them?

When the verb discard first entered the English language in the sixteenth century, it referred to card playing and meant “to throw a card away.” Discard is still used to describe getting rid of unlucky cards, but today, you’ll also hear it used in a broader sense — we discard, or throw away, things that are undesirable or no longer useful. You might discard a worn out shoe, for example.

Definitions of discard
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n anything that is cast aside or discarded

Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable

Synonyms:
throwing away
Types:
staging
getting rid of a stage of a multistage rocket
Type of:
abandonment
the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away

n (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit

Type of:
abandonment
the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away

v throw or cast away

Synonyms:
cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
Types:
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unlearn
discard something previously learnt, like an old habit
deep-six, give it the deep six
toss out; get rid of
jettison
throw away, of something encumbering
junk, scrap, trash
dispose of (something useless or old)
waste
get rid of
dump
throw away as refuse
retire
dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
abandon
forsake; leave behind
liquidize, sell out, sell up
get rid of all one's merchandise
de-access
dispose of by selling
close out
terminate by selling off or disposing of
chuck, ditch
throw away
dispense with
forgo or do or go without
forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime
consign
commit forever; commit irrevocably
Type of:
get rid of, remove
dispose of

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