The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Discard \Dis*card"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discarded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Discarding.]
1. (Card Playing) To throw out of one's hand, as superfluous
cards; to lay aside (a card or cards).
2. To cast off as useless or as no longer of service; to
dismiss from employment, confidence, or favor; to
discharge; to turn away.
They blame the favorites, and think it nothing
extraordinary that the queen should . . . resolve to
discard them. --Swift.
3. To put or thrust away; to reject.
A man discards the follies of boyhood. --I. Taylor.
Syn: To dismiss; displace; discharge; cashier.