debit card


Definition of debit card

: a card like a credit card by which money may be withdrawn or the cost of purchases paid directly from the holder's bank account without the payment of interest

Examples of debit card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man had purchased the items with an EBT card, a debit card that California uses in place of food stamps. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Families without direct deposit information on file will receive a paper check or debit card, similar to earlier stimulus efforts. Leada Gore |, al, 17 May 2021 Click ‘Review My Sponsorships’ to complete the checkout process with a credit/debit card, Google Pay, or Paypal., 14 May 2021 Later, a debit card—a partnership with Visa—arrives in the mail. Nina Wolpow, Forbes, 11 May 2021 On Southwest, the payment options are credit/debit card, PayPal or Uplift financing. USA Today, 2 May 2021 This is not to be confused with a debit card, which Dvorkin said does not help improve a credit rating because the withdrawals are automatic soon after purchase, almost like a check. Rich Exner, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 His belongings, including his wallet, ID, debit card, cell phone and car keys, were inside the vehicle. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 12 Apr. 2021 Direct deposit easily beat receiving a mailed check or prepaid debit card, which, with the slowdowns in the U.S. Postal Service, further increased the possibility of a delay. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of debit card

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of debit card was in 1975

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9 Jun 2021

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“Debit card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of debit card

: a small plastic card that is used to buy things by having the money to pay for them taken directly from your bank account

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