American English

Definition of card noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    with information
  1. 1[countable] a small piece of stiff paper or plastic with information on it, especially information about someone's identity a membership card an appointment card see also green card, identity card, index card, red card, report card, yellow card
  2. 2[countable] = business card Here's my card if you need to contact me again.
  3. 3[countable] = calling card
  4. for money
  5. 4[countable] a small piece of plastic, especially one given by a bank or store, used for buying things or obtaining money I put dinner on (= paid for it using) my card. a phone card see also ATM card, charge card, credit card, debit card, smart card, swipe card
  6. with a message
  7. 5[countable] a piece of stiff paper that is folded in the middle and has a picture on the front of it, used for sending someone a message with your good wishes, an invitation, etc. a birthday/get-well/good luck card see also Christmas card, greeting card
  8. 6[countable] = postcard Did you get my card from Italy?
  9. in games and hobbies
  10. 7[countable] = playing card Pick a card. a deck of cards see also trump card, wild card
  11. 8cards [plural] a game or games in which playing cards are used Who wants to play cards? I've never been very good at cards. She won $20 playing cards.
  12. 9[countable] = trading card a collection of baseball cards
  13. computing
  14. 10[countable] a small device containing an electronic circuit that is part of a computer or added to it, enabling it to perform particular functions a graphics/network/sound card see also expansion card
  15. person
  16. 11[countable] (old-fashioned) (informal) an unusual or amusing person
  17. horse races
  18. 12[countable] a list of all the races at a racetrack a race card
  19. for wool/cotton
  20. 13[countable] (technology) a machine or tool used for cleaning and combing wool or cotton before it is spun
  21. Idioms
    somebody's best/strongest/winning card
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    something that gives someone an advantage over other people in a particular situation
    the cards/odds are stacked against you
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    you are unlikely to succeed because the conditions are not good for you
    the cards/odds are stacked in your favor
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    you are likely to succeed because the conditions are good and you have an advantage
    have a/another card up your sleeve
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    to have an idea, a plan, etc. that will give you an advantage in a particular situation and that you keep secret until it is needed
    hold all the cards (informal)
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    to be able to control a particular situation because you have an advantage over other people
    hold/keep/play your cards close to your chest
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    to keep your ideas, plans, etc. secret
    in the cards (informal)
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    likely to happen The merger has been in the cards for some time now.
    lay/put your cards on the table
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    to tell someone honestly what your plans, ideas, etc. are
    play the … card
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    to mention a particular subject, idea, or quality in order to gain an advantage He accused his opponent of playing the immigration card during the campaign. see also race card
    play your cards right
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    to deal successfully with a particular situation so that you achieve some advantage or something that you want If you play your cards right, the job could be yours when she leaves.
    show your hand/cards (also tip your hand)
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    to make your plans or intentions known
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: card