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: a card like a credit card by which money may be withdrawn or the cost of purchases paid directly from the holder's bank account without the payment of interest

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An employee told police Philibert wanted a debit card. Staff Report,, "Norridge and Harwood Heights police reports," 13 July 2018 Those sides will come a little bit closer today with the launch of the Venmo debit card., "The Venmo Debit Card Introduces A New Way To Nudge Your Friends For Money," 25 June 2018 The man, caught by a surveillance camera, tried to use a debit card to purchase the cigarettes, but the card was declined, police said in a statement Wednesday. Alyssa Meyers,, "Natick police search for cigarette thief who ran away with skateboard," 24 May 2018 Each team was assigned a different L.A. neighborhood and asked to complete several transactions, including cashing a few checks, getting a debit card, asking about a loan and buying a small gift. James Rufus Koren,, "For a day, I was one of the millions of Americans without a bank account. It was humbling," 21 June 2018 The purse contained her driver's license, a debit card and other identification. Joan Rusek,, "Woman files police complaint against church lemonade stand: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter," 11 May 2018 An unknown suspect stole a victim’s debit card and used it without permission between April 9 and April 16, according to a police report filed in the 2900 block of Cullen Parkway. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police investigate cases of criminal mischief," 30 Apr. 2018 People who sign up receive a membership card that works like a debit card. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions," 2 July 2018 Think of it as a substitute for cash, and cheaper to use than a debit card. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Give Everyone Government Bank Accounts," 13 June 2018

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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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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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