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Definition of bank card

: a card (such as a credit card or an ATM card) issued by a bank

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Instead, the government is simply creating reams of electronic money paid into bank accounts, meaning that even small transactions are increasingly being done by bank cards and money transfers rather than in cash. Anthony Faiola, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s inflation rate may hit 1,000,000 percent," 24 July 2018 The ring, along with a number of bank cards and forms of identification, as well as a computer, was in a bag that was stolen. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "A 40-Carat Diamond Once Belonging to Empress Eugenie Was Stolen In Paris," 5 Apr. 2019 Given its diminutive size and forward-thinking ethos, Starling has much more liberty to experiment than traditional banks, hence its choice to flip the orientation of its bank card. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Portrait bank cards are a thing now," 27 July 2018 The final important technological tool that police have is access to bank card records. Courtney Astolfi,, "How have missing persons investigations in Cleveland changed since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found?," 3 May 2018 Theft 4500 block of Lyons Road in Coconut Creek, June 5, 11:21 a.m. An unlocked BMW X5 was entered and personal items including a citizenship document, ID card, social security card, checkbook and bank card were removed., "Coral Springs, Coconut Creek area crime reports," 21 June 2018 The wallet also contained a Chase bank card, miscellaneous gift cards, her driver's license and cash. Sara Cardine,, "Crime Report: High-end handbag and vehicle thievery continues," 16 May 2018 That data is generally limited to adults or older children, though, as young ones are less likely to carry bank cards, Callahan said. Courtney Astolfi,, "How have missing persons investigations in Cleveland changed since Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found?," 3 May 2018 Removed from the vehicle included a Michel Kors purse and wallet valued at $150, $30 in cash, two social security cards, six Chase and Wells Fargo bank cards and a Florida driver's license., "Coral Springs, Coconut Creek area crime reports," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of bank card

1947, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of bank card

What It Is

A bank card is a plastic card issued by a financial institution that allows the user to make purchases with funds either borrowed from or held at that financial institution.

How It Works

The most common bank cards are credit cards and debit cards.

When a consumer uses a bank card to make a purchase, he is essentially authorizing the card issuer (the bank) to pay the merchant on his behalf. The merchant must verify that the card is the user's by swiping the magnetic strip on the back of the card or obtaining identification in other ways (via a personal identification number (PIN) or other identification). Merchants generally like to take bank cards because they are almost immediately paid by the card issuer. Merchants must pay a fee to the card processing company for each transaction, however.

Most bank cards have limits, meaning that there is a maximum amount the user can withdraw or borrow using the card. The issuer determines the limit based on the user's account balance, overdraft protection, credit rating, and/or credit history.

Credit cards are one form of bank card that requires the user to pay his or her balance in full, usually on a monthly basis. If the user does not pay the balance in full, the issuer adds interest to the balance, and this interest compounds for as long as the balance is outstanding. As with credit limits, the user's credit rating and credit history often influence the interest rate on the card, and in some cases, the issuer can raise the interest rate.

Many bank cards also charge a yearly fee, late payment fees, fees for going over a limit, cash-advance fees, and fees for conversion into other currencies.

Why It Matters

Bank cards allow users to avoid carrying cash, earn frequent-flier miles, or earn other "rewards." They are usually accepted around the world. In many cases, the cardholder can get cash advances through ATMs as well. However, interest rates on credit cards are almost always higher than the amount typically charged for personal loans, and consumers with little impulse control often rack up huge balances that they can't repay. Many cardholders also find it easier to burn through their money, and they frequently underestimate the time and money it takes to pay down balances, especially when interest rates are high and minimum payments are low. It is also important to note that bank card numbers are often stolen; therefore, it important for users to protect their privacy and to check their credit reports frequently.

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English Language Learners Definition of bank card

US : a card (such as a credit card or debit card) that you get from your bank and that you use to pay for things or to get money from an ATM

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