V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: separate and unconnected

Synonyms: distinct, diverse, disconnected, particular, individual

Antonyms: joined, connected

Tips: Discrete comes from the Latin word discretus, "to distinguish." If two things are discrete, they are separate and easily distinguished. The related noun discretion refers to a choice that it is up to someone to make, or the quality of being sensitive and socially adept. Do not confuse discrete with its homonym discreet. See discreet to learn the difference.

Usage Examples:

Since Mel's wife did not care what color their car would be, she left the decision to his discretion. (distinction, judgment)

The government has three discrete branches: the legislative, the judicial, and the executive. (separate)

The marketing director felt that television and magazine ads should not feature discrete campaigns, but that they should be tied together. (disconnected, distinct, individual)

Although the four companies are owned by the same parent corporation, they all have discrete identities and brands. (disconnected, distinct, individual)

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