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: a card like a credit card by which money may be withdrawn or the cost of purchases paid directly from the holder's bank account without the payment of interest

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The accounts, known as checkless bank accounts or safe-transaction accounts, include ATM access, debit cards and mobile banking for small fees and minimum deposit requirements. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "Bank Accounts Designed for Low-Income Customers Find Broader Audience," 3 Jan. 2019 There is no debit card involved, and members can reserve seats online. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions," 2 July 2018 Many in her generation would rather turn to debit cards to control spending. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How to get a credit card when you've never had one," 28 June 2018 Nowadays, Algren would see restaurateurs with a concept chasing drinkers with debit cards. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 Families who made their payments to Discovery Tours via credit card may be in better shape than those who paid by debit card or check. Teresa Dixon Murray,, "Families owed money by Discovery Tours should file dispute with bank," 15 May 2018 Revenue growth rates for the U.S. ride-hailing businesses of Uber and Lyft slowed this summer to their lowest point in years, according to research firm Second Measure, which tracks credit and debit card transactions. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 McVey owes $134 for a single debit card transaction. Sheila Vilvens,, "State auditor finds unsupported spending, conflict of interest in Clermont County village," 10 May 2018 Saturday marks the first day the Durbin amendment takes hold, which limits the fees banks can impose on debit card transactions—from an average of 44 cents per transaction to 24 cents. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "Banks to Roll Out New Charge for Debit Card Usage," 30 Sep. 2011

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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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