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noun card pronunciation in British English /kɑː(r)d/ 
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  1. 2
    [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?

    1. a.
      a postcard

      I scribbled a quick card to my parents.

  2. 3
    [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. b.

      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. 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.

  3. 4
    [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 sports centre.

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

    They said they were police and flashed cards at us.

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

      To register with the doctor you need your medical card.

      I looked at my score card.

  4. 6
    [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.

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