A card is usually a stiff, durable piece of paper or cardboard that has important information on it. Because a card is used over and over again, it has to be made of strong material.

  • Business people hand out business cards to promote themselves or the company that they work for.
  • Playing cards are used for card games such as poker and blackjack.
  • What kinds of card games do you know how to play?
  • A magician does tricks with cards.
  • Board games often include cards with information or directions as part of the game.
  • Students receive report cards that reflect their progress and performance in school.
  • A credit card is used to make purchases that are paid for at a later date.
  • When a repair person or technician shows up at your house to do work, he or she might show you a card as a form of identification.
  • Let me show you my card.

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There are many different cards that are sent out in the mail or delivered directly to a person to commemorate an event:

  • Greeting cards are sent out to family and friends during the holidays.
  • Birthday cards are given to a person celebrating a birthday.
  • People who celebrate a wedding anniversary receive anniversary cards.
  • A person who experiences a death in his or her family might receive a sympathy card.

In some cases, the word "card" is used as a verb. This happens whenever a person must show identification or a driver’s license as proof of age:

  • Angela and her friends were carded when they entered the bar. (They had to show that they were older than 21 to enter.)
  • Some liquor stores card all customers to insure that they are old enough to buy merchandise.

There are some expressions that use the word "card."

  • Peter says he’s going to lay all his cards on the table. (He’s going to be totally honest.)
  • Lisa is a card-carrying member of the A.C.L.U. (She’s a member of the group. This can sound like a negative situation.)
  • Roger is a card-carrying member of the N.R.A.
  • Todd isn’t playing with a full deck of cards. (He’s not very smart or he’s a little mentally unstable.)
  • The company has decided to play a wild card in order to avoid closing. (To play a wild card is to take a risk or exploit an opportunity)

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May 3, 2016