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à la carte

Available to be purchased individually instead of bundled with other items. Most often describes items on a menu that are not part of a main dish. I wasn't very hungry, so I opted to buy a few side items à la carte instead of a full meal.
See also: carte, la

carte blanche

The freedom to do whatever one wants or deems necessary, especially with a particular task or assignment. This French phrase means "blank card" in English. I can't believe the boss gave me carte blanche to organize the conference—he's usually such a micro-manager!
See also: blanche, carte

*carte blanche

Fig. freedom or permission to act as one wishes or thinks necessary. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He's been given carte blanche with the reorganization of the workforce. The manager has been given no instructions about how to train the staff. He has carte blanche from the owner.
See also: blanche, carte

à la carte

if you eat à la carte, you choose each dish from a separate list instead of eating a fixed combination of dishes at a fixed price I don't know whether to have the set-menu or go à la carte.
See also: carte, la

give somebody carte blanche

  (slightly formal)
to let someone do whatever they want in a particular situation (usually + to do sth) She gave her interior decorator carte blanche to do up her apartment. (slightly formal)
See also: blanche, carte, give
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Cartes went from having three factories in 1993 to 32 currently, the journalists explained.
Testimonial from Bruno Mortreux , MobiWire ' s CEO: "MobiWire's first participation in CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS: and it was a huge success
Last year's CARTES Secure Connexions exhibition in Paris attracted 19,000 visitors and 1,600 conference attendees.
Cartes met separately on Wednesday with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Chile's President Sebastian Pinera.
On regional affairs, Cartes said he wanted Paraguay to play a role in all regional integration organizations.
Les operations de paiement par cartes marocaines aupres des commercants affilies au CMI ont totalise, durant le 1er trimestre 2013, 4,4 millions d'operations pour un montant de 2,5 MMDH, en hausse de 18,8 pc en nombre et 13,2 pc en montant par rapport au 1er trimestre 2012, precise la meme source.
A l'heure actuelle, les associations d'emetteurs de cartes de credit souscrivent volontairement a un regime de responsabilite zero en tas de perte, tandis que l'utilisation das cartes de debit est regie par un code volontaire, le Code de pratique canadien des services de cartes de debit, qui a recu l'aval des associations sectorielles interessees et de leurs membres.
NFC is the focus of a lot of attention and holds promise in a range of applications from contactless payment to ticketing and access control," said Isabelle Alfano, event director of CARTES America.
An international intersection in the digital security industry, CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS naturally includes new technologies for commerce and distribution in its offer.
He and Cartes were the two ideologues of the coup (NotiSur, July 13, 2012) that ousted democratically elected President Fernando Lugo on June 22, 2012.
On April 23, CARTES America will host a track on Securing Mobile Payments and Services featuring speakers from the United States and Europe addressing topics ranging from delivering a secure contactless mobile ecosystem and the changing face of mobile payments security to two case studies on real-world implementations.
On the eve of the opening of CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS , the global event for the digital security industry dedicated to secure solutions for payment, identification and mobility; it is the occasion to focus on three strategic themes that will feed the event:
LAS VEGAS -- With the Americas gearing up for EMV and NFC implementations in 2013 and beyond, participants at CARTES America will gather to discuss the issues driving these markets and explore the latest technologies and trends in smart cards, mobile payment, identification, and authentication.
Organised as part of the CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS exhibition, the SESAMES Awards have awarded the best 11 technological innovations in the smartcard, digital security, identification, secure and contactless transactions sectors since 1995.
La Caisse nationale d'epargne et de prevoyance (Cnep-Banque) a entame l'operation de remplacement des anciens livrets d'epargne par des cartes magnetiques, une solution monetique securisee, repondant aux normes universelles pratiquees en matiere de moyens de paiement electroniques, a-t-on appris aupres de cette banque publique.