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Meaning of “card” in the English Dictionary

"card" in British English

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cardnoun

uk   /kɑːd/  us   /kɑːrd/
  • card noun (PERMISSION)

B1 [C] a ​small, ​rectangularpiece of card or ​plastic, often with ​your signature, ​photograph, or other ​informationproving who you are, that ​allows you to do something, such as make a ​payment, get ​money from a ​bank, or ​enter a ​particularplace: I don't have any ​cash - can I put this on (= ​pay using) my (​credit/​charge) card? A lot of ​shops won't ​acceptchequesunless 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 ​smallrectangularpieces of ​stiffpaper each with a ​number and one of four ​signsprinted 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 ​gamesplayed 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 ​rectangularpiece of ​stiffpaper, ​folded in ​half, with a ​picture on the ​front and often a ​messageprinted inside, ​sent on a ​specialoccasion: 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, ​rectangularpiece of ​stiffpaper with ​informationprinted on it, ​especially a person's ​jobtitle, ​businessaddress, and ​phonenumber: Here, ​let me give you my (​business) card.

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  • card noun (STIFF PAPER)

[C or U] (a ​piece of) ​thickstiffpaper

cardverb [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
(Definition of card from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"card" in American English

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cardnoun [C]

 us   /kɑrd/
  • card noun [C] (INFORMATION)

a ​small, ​rectangularpiece of ​stiffpaper or ​plastic with ​information on it that ​shows who you are or ​allows you to do something: a ​library/​membership/​business card I used my ​credit/​debit/​charge card to ​pay for the ​groceries.
  • card noun [C] (GAME)

(also playing card) one of a set of 52 ​small, ​rectangularpieces of ​stiffpaper, each with a ​number or ​letter and one of four ​symbolsprinted on it, used in ​games: a ​deck of cards
  • card noun [C] (GREETING)

a ​rectangularpiece of ​stiffpaper, ​folded in ​half, usually with a ​picture on the ​front and often a ​messageprinted inside, ​sent on a ​specialoccasion: a ​birthday/​anniversary/get-well card A card is also a ​postcard.

cardverb [T]

 us   /kɑrd/ infml
  • card verb [T] (GET INFORMATION)

to ​ask someone to show you a ​document that ​shows how ​old the ​person is
(Definition of card from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"card" in Business English

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cardnoun [C]

uk   us   /kɑːd/
COMMERCE, BANKING a ​small rectangular ​piece of ​plastic given to a ​customer by a ​bank or ​store that ​allows them to make ​payments, take ​money from their ​account, etc.: pay with a/use a/pay by card You can ​pay by ​credit or ​debit card. Most ​businesses won't ​acceptcheques without a card. He ​lost his ​wallet and had to cancel all his cards. Would you rather ​paycash or put it on your card? When she ​tried to get ​money from the ​machine, her card was ​refused.
WORKPLACE a ​smallpiece of ​plastic or ​stiffpaper with your ​signature, photograph, and often other ​electronicinformation on it that proves who you are, ​allows you to ​enter a particular ​place, etc.: You have to swipe your card to get into the ​building. The new ​style of driver's ​licence comes with a photo ID card.
(also business card) WORKPLACE, MEETINGS a ​small card that has your ​name, ​companyname, and the ​job you do ​printed on it: He ​shook my ​hand politely and gave me his card.
IT a ​smallelectronicobject that is ​part of a ​computer or can be ​connected to it, making it able to do a particular thing: If you have your own ​computer, you can ​hire ethernet cards from the college to ​connect to the ​network. An audio ​interface can be a simple card that ​plugs into your ​computer to ​allow you to ​route the ​sound out to your speakers.
(Definition of card from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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