cardcard1 /kɑːd $ kɑːrd/ ●●●S1W2 noun1informationD [countable] a small piece of plastic or papercontaining information about a person or showing, for example, that they belong to a particular organization, club etcEmployees must show their identity cards at the gate.I haven’t got my membership card yet.2BANKmoneyBFB [countable] a small piece of plastic, especially one that you get from a bank or shop, which you use to pay for goods or to get moneyLost or stolen cards must be reported immediately.a £10 phone cardEvery time you use your store card, you get air miles. →charge card, cheque card, credit card, debit card3BIRTHDAY/CHRISTMAS ETCgreetingsD [countable]CELEBRATE a piece of foldedthickstiff paper with a picture on the front, that you send to people on specialoccasionsbirthday/Christmas/greetings etc carda Mother’s Day card4HOLIDAYholidayDL [countable] a card with a photograph or picture on one side, that you send to someone when you are on holidaySYN postcardI sent you a card from Madrid.5STIFF PAPERstiff paper [uncountable] British EnglishD thick stiff paper → cardboardCut a piece of white card 12 × 10 cm.6for writing information [countable] a small piece of thick stiff paper that information can be written or printed ona set of recipe cardsa score card7games [countable]a)a small piece of thick stiff paper with numbers and signs or pictures on one side. There are 52 cards in a set.SYN playing cardpack/deck of cards (=a complete set of cards)b)a game in which these cards are usedI’m no good at cards.We were having a game of cards.Let’s play cards.a book of card gamesc)a small piece of thick stiff paper with numbers or pictures on them, used to play a particular gamea set of cards for playing Snap8 →football/baseball etc card9BUSINESSbusiness [countable]BBD a small piece of thick stiff paper that shows your name, job, and the company you work forSYN business card, → visiting cardMy name’s Adam Carver. Here’s my card.10computer [countable]TD a piece of equipmentinside a computer that the chips are attached to, that allows the computer to do specific thingsa graphics card11 →be on the cards12 →play your cards right13 →put/lay your cards on the table14 →play/keep your cards close to your chest15 →get/be given your cards16 →have another card up your sleeve17 →trump/best/strongest card18 →somebody’s card is marked19AMUSING/UNUSUAL PERSONLIKE somebody OR somethingperson [countable] old-fashioned informal an amusing or unusual personFred’s a real card, isn’t he!20FOOTBALLsport [countable]DSH a small piece of stiff red or yellow paper, shown to a player who has done something wrong in a game such as football21list at sports event [countable] a list of races or matches at a sportsevent, especially a horse racea full card of 120 riders for the Veterans race22tarot [countable] a small piece of thick stiff paper with a special picture on one side, that is put down in a pattern in order to tell someone what will happen in their future23TOOLtool [countable]TIM technical a tool that is similar to a comb and is used for combing, cleaning, and preparingwool or cotton for spinning (spin) → hold all the cardsat hold1(30), → play the race/nationalist/environmentalist etc cardat play1(14), → stack the cardsat stack2(4)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a small piece of plastic or paper containing information about a person or showing, for example, that they belong to a particular organization, club etctypes of card an identity/ID card (=one that proves who you are)All US citizens must carry an identity card.a membership cardDo you have a library membership card?a student cardEntrance is free if you have a student card.a medical card (=one that proves who you are when you change doctors)You will need to bring your medical card.an appointment card (=one with your appointments on)The dentist gave me a new appointment card.a swipe card (=one that you slide through a machine in order to open a door)Swipe cards are used to enhance security.a smart card (=one with an electronic part that records information)Keeping medical records on small plastic smart cards seems to be a success.a sim card (=one in a mobile phone that allows you to use a network)You may need a new sim card when you travel abroad.a donor card (=one that shows you want your organs to be given to someone when you die)We want to encourage more people to carry a donor card.verbscarry a card (=have one with you)Motorists could soon be forced to carry an ID card.flash a card (=show one very quickly)He flashed his ID card at the guard and walked straight in.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a small piece of plastic, especially one that you get from a bank or shop, which you use to pay for goods or to get moneytypes of carda credit card (=one you use to buy things and pay later)He had paid by credit card.a debit card (also check card American English) (=one you use to pay for things directly from your account)The store only accepts debit cards.a cash card (also an ATM card especially American English) (=one you use to get cash from a machine)You should report stolen cash cards immediately.a bank/cheque card British English (=one that you must show when you write a cheque)Always keep your cheque book and cheque card separately.a charge/store card (=one that allows you to buy things from a particular shop and pay for them later)Store cards often have high rates of interest.a phone card (=one that you can use in some public telephones)You can use this phone card in several countries.card + NOUNa card numberWhat's your card number?the card holder (=the person that a card belongs to)1 in 10 store card holders owes more than £500.card fraud (=the illegal use of other people’s cards)Many consumers are afraid of credit card fraud.card details (=the information that is on a card)Hackers stole hundreds of people's card details.verbspay by cardIs it all right if I pay by card?put something on your card (=pay by credit card)I’ll put the restaurant bill on my card.use your cardI don’t use a card if I can pay by cash.accept/take a card (=allow you to pay by card)Big hotels will accept most cards.
cardcard2 verb [transitive]1especially American EnglishLET/ALLOW to ask someone to show a card proving that they are old enough to do something, especially to buyalcohol2to show a red or yellow card to someone playing a sport such as football, to show that they have done something wrong3TIMto comb, clean, and prepare wool or cotton, before making cloth→ See Verb table
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card• Stewart Cink also carded a 64.• Clerks are supposed to card everyone buying alcohol who looks under 30.From King Business Dictionarycardcard /kɑːdkɑːrd/ noun [countable]1a small piece of plastic or paper that shows that someone belongs to an organization, club etcEmployees must show their ID cards at the gate.All members are issued with a membership card. →green card →loyalty card2a small piece of stiff paper or plastic that stores information about someone or somethingA helpful device is to print your presentation ideas on separate index cards. →SD card →SIM card →smart card →swipe card →time card →top-up card3BANKINGa small piece of plastic that you use to pay for goods or to get money from a machine at a bankLost or stolen cards must be reported immediately. →affinity card →bank card →cash card →charge card →cheque (guarantee) card →credit card →debit card →gold card →plastic card →store card4 (also business card) a small piece of thick stiff paper that shows your name, job, and the company you work forI’ll leave my card and you can contact me when it suits you.5COMPUTING a part inside a computer to which chips are fixed, that allows the computer to do specific thingsa sound card →chip card →expansion card →graphics cardOrigincard1(1400-1500)Frenchcarte, from Old Italiancarta“sheet of paper”, from Latincharta; → CHART1card21. (1900-2000) → CARD12. (1300-1400)Frenchcarder, from Late Latincardus“thistle”; because thistles were used for carding wool