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noun card pronunciation in British English /kɑː(r)d/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] British thick stiff paper, thinner than cardboard
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  2. 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.
  3. 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.


      [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.
  4. 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.
    2. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 8
    [countable] informal old-fashioned someone who makes you laugh



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