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card

noun uk   /kɑːd/  us   /kɑːrd/

card noun (PERMISSION)

B1 [C] a small, rectangular piece of card or plastic, often with your signature, photograph, or other information proving who you are, which allows you to do something, such as make a payment, get money from a bank, or enter a particular place: I don't have any cash - can I put this on (= pay using) my (credit/charge) card? A lot of shops won't accept cheques unless you have a cheque card with you. The bank's closed now, but I can get some money out with my (cash) card. I don't have any change for the phone but I do have a (phone) card, if that's of any use. You usually have to show your (membership) card at the door.
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card noun (GAME)

A2 [C] (also playing card) one of a set of 52 small rectangular pieces of stiff paper each with a number and one of four signs printed on it, used in games: After dinner, Ted got out a pack of cards John shuffled (= mixed up) the cards before he dealt them (out) (= gave them to the players). Whist is my favourite card game. a card tablecards A2 [plural] any of a range of games played with cards, such as poker, whist , and bridge: I've never been much good at cards. Shall we have a game of/play cards?
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card noun (GREETINGS)

A2 [C] a rectangular piece of stiff paper, folded in half, with a picture on the front and often a message printed inside, sent on a special occasion: anniversary/get-well cards It's Steve's birthday on Thursday - I must send him a card. [C] a postcard
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card noun (INFORMATION)

B1 [C] a small, rectangular piece of stiff paper with information printed on it, especially a person's job title, business address, and phone number: Here, let me give you my (business) card.
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card noun (STIFF PAPER)

card noun (COMPUTER)

card noun (PERSON)

[C] old-fashioned informal a funny or strange person: You're such a card, Patrick!

card

verb [T] uk   /kɑːd/  us   /kɑːrd/ US
to ask someone to show you a document, especially an identity card , in order to prove how old they are
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