Definition of card noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɑːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrd//
    Computer hardware, Card games, Equine sports
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  1. 1   [uncountable] (British English) thick stiff paper a piece of card The model of the building was made of card.
  2. with information
  3. 2  [countable] a small piece of stiff paper or plastic with information on it, especially information about somebody’s identity a membership card an appointment card see also green card, identity card, loyalty card, red card, report card, yellow card
  4. 3[countable] = business card Here's my card if you need to contact me again.
  5. 4[countable] = visiting card
  6. for money
  7. 5  [countable] a small piece of plastic, especially one given by a bank or shop/store, used for buying things or obtaining money I put the meal on (= paid for it using) my card. see also cash card, charge card, chip card, credit card, debit card, gift card, phonecard, SIM card, smart card, swipe card
  8. with a message
  9. 6  [countable] a piece of stiff paper that is folded in the middle and has a picture on the front of it, used for sending somebody a message with your good wishes, an invitation, etc. a birthday/get-well/good luck card see also Christmas card, greetings card
  10. 7[countable] = postcard Did you get my card from Italy?
  11. in games
  12. 8  [countable] = playing card (British English) a pack of cards (North American English) a deck of cards see also trump card, wild card Wordfinderace, card, cut, deal, gambling, hand, jack, shuffle, suit, trump
  13. 9   cards [plural] a game or games in which playing cards are used Who wants to play cards? I've never been very good at cards. Let's have a game of cards. She won £20 at cards. See related entries: Card games
  14. computing
  15. 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 printed circuit card a graphics/network/sound card see also expansion card See related entries: Computer hardware
  16. person
  17. 11[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) an unusual or amusing person
  18. horse races
  19. 12[countable] a list of all the races at a particular race meeting (= a series of horse races) See related entries: Equine sports
  20. for wool/cotton
  21. 13[countable] (specialist) a machine or tool used for cleaning and combing wool or cotton before it is spun
  22. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 12 late Middle English (originally in sense 8 of the noun): from Old French carte, from Latin carta, charta, from Greek khartēs ‘papyrus leaf’. noun sense 13 late Middle English: from Old French carde, from Provençal carda, from cardar ‘tease, comb’, based on Latin carere ‘to card’.Extra examples Bennett is something of a wild card. Contact the bank and cancel all your cards. Each player in turn must play a card. Everyone at work signed a card for her. He always wins at cards. He had a wallet full of plastic cards. He went around the room handing out business cards. I’ll put the meal on my card. She paid for her holiday by credit card. She searched the library’s card catalogue. She wrote the main points of her speech on index cards. The bank hasn’t issued me with a cash card yet. The computer has three additional card slots. The kidnappers hold all the cards. The restaurant accepts all major credit cards. This defender’s ability to score vital goals has often proved a trump card. We play cards every Friday night. You need to install a new graphics card.Idioms
    somebody’s best/strongest/winning card
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    something that gives somebody 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 favour
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    you are likely to succeed because the conditions are good and you have an advantage
    (British English, informal) to be told to leave a job
    give somebody their cards
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    (British English, informal) to make somebody leave their job
    have a 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
    (informal) 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
    lay/put your cards on the table
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    to tell somebody honestly what your plans, ideas, etc. are
    on the cards (British English) (North American English in the cards)
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    (informal) likely to happen The merger has been on the cards for some time now.
    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 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.
    tip your hand (North American English) (British English show your hand/cards)
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    to make your plans or intentions known
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: card