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noun card pronunciation in American English /kɑrd/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a small flat piece of plastic used for getting money from a bank, ATM, etc. or for buying things. You are usually given a special number, called a PIN number, with your card so that you can get money from a machine

    I gave the waiter my card.

    She produced her Visa card and paid the bill.

  2. 2
    [countable] a small piece of thick stiff paper or plastic that shows who you are and that you have authority or permission to do something

    I handed the assistant my library card.

    I can’t find my membership card for the health club.

    flash a card (=show someone a card quickly):

    They said they were from the gas company and flashed cards at us.

    1. a.
      a small piece of thick stiff paper with your name, your job, and the name of your company printed on it

      Let me give you my card.

    2. b.
      a piece of thick stiff paper on which you record information about something

      I looked at my score card.

    3. d.
      a list of the sports events that are planned to take place at a particular time

      There are six events on the card today.

  3. 3
    [countable] a piece of thick stiff paper folded into two equal parts, with a picture and a message on it

    She sent me a lovely card on my birthday.

    a card says/reads something:

    The card read, “Get Well Soon! Love from all at the office.”

    birthday/Christmas/get-well, etc. card:

    Did we get a Christmas card from your brother this year?

  4. 4
    [countable] one of a set of 52 small pieces of thick stiff paper used for various games. The set is called a pack or deck and is divided into four suits: hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.
    1. a.

      cards

      [plural] the activity of playing games with a set of 52 cards

      I’ve always been lucky at cards.

      play cards:

      Let’s play cards this evening.

      game of cards:

      There’s time for a quick game of cards.

    2. b.
      [countable] one of a set of small pieces of thick stiff paper used in games or activities such as tarot
    3. c.

      the cards

      [plural] playing cards or tarot used for trying to discover what will happen in the future

      The cards never lie.

      She said she had seen our future in the cards.

  5. 5
    [countable] something that gives you an advantage in doing something
    someone’s strongest/best/trump/winning card:

    His strongest card was his friendship with the prince.

  6. 6
    [countable] computing a circuit board that fits inside a computer and connects to a particular piece of equipment such as a modem or computer screen

    You’ll have to install a new Ethernet card.

  7. 7
    [countable] informal old-fashioned someone who makes you laugh
  8. 8
    [uncountable] British thick stiff paper, thinner than cardboard
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    off the cards highly unlikely

    The White House claimed that returning Guantanamo Bay to Cuba was off the cards.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 30/01/2015

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