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key

  

      n  
1    latchkey, opener  
2      (figurative)   answer, clue, cue, explanation, guide, indicator, interpretation, lead, means, pointer, sign, solution, translation  
      adj  
3    basic, chief, crucial, decisive, essential, fundamental, important, leading, main, major, pivotal, principal  
  
Antonyms     
  
3    minor, secondary, subsidiary, superficial  


key in     
enter, input, keyboard, type  
low-key     
keeping a low profile, low-pitched, muffled, muted, played down, quiet, restrained, subdued, toned down, understated  
off key     
discordant, dissonant, inharmonious, jarring, out of keeping, out of tune  
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key

  
  ( keys    plural & 3rd person present)   ( keying    present participle)   ( keyed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A key is a specially shaped piece of metal that you place in a lock and turn in order to open or lock a door, or to start or stop the engine of a vehicle.  
They put the key in the door and entered...     
2       n-count   The keys on a computer keyboard or typewriter are the buttons that you press in order to operate it.  
usu pl  
3       n-count   The keys of a piano or organ are the long narrow pieces of wood or plastic that you press in order to play it.  
usu pl  
4       n-var   In music, a key is a scale of musical notes that starts on one specific note.  
...the key of A minor.     
5       n-count   The key on a map or diagram or in a technical book is a list of the symbols or abbreviations used and their meanings.  
You will find a key at the front of the book.     
6       adj   The key person or thing in a group is the most important one.  
ADJ n  
He is expected to be the key witness at the trial...     
7       n-count   The keyto a desirable situation or result is the way in which it can be achieved.  
usu N to n  
The key to success is to be ready from the start...     
8   
    master key   key in      phrasal verb   If you key something in, you put information into a computer or you give the computer a particular instruction by typing the information or instruction on the keyboard.   (=type in)  
Brian keyed in his personal code.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  


function key        ( function keys    plural  ) Function keys are the keys along the top of a computer keyboard, usually numbered from F1 to F12. Each key is designed to make a particular thing happen when you press it.     (COMPUTING)      n-count  
Just hit the F5 function key to send and receive your e-mails.     
hot key        ( hot keys    plural  ) A hot key is a key, or a combination of keys, on a computer keyboard that you can press in order to make something happen, without having to type the full instructions.     (COMPUTING)      n-count  
key card        ( key cards    plural  ) A key card is a small plastic card which you can use instead of a key to open a door or barrier, for example in some hotels and car parks.      n-count  
key player        ( key players    plural  ) The key players in a particular organization, event, or situation are the most important people or things involved in it.      n-count  
The former chairman was a key player in the deals that pushed the bank to the top.     
key ring        ( key rings    plural  ) , keyring   A key ring is a metal ring which you use to keep your keys together. You pass the ring through the holes in your keys.      n-count  
low-key     
If you say that something is low-key, you mean that it is on a small scale rather than involving a lot of activity or being made to seem impressive or important.      adj  
The wedding will be a very low-key affair..., He wanted to keep the meetings low-key.     
master key        ( master keys    plural  ) A master key is a key which will open all the locks in a set, even though each lock has its own different key.      n-count  
off-key     
When music is off-key, it is not in tune.      adj   (=out of tune)  
...wailing, off-key vocals and strangled guitars...     
      Off-key is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v   (=out of tune)  
Moe was having fun banging the drums and singing off-key.     
skeleton key        ( skeleton keys    plural  ) A skeleton key is a key which has been specially made so that it will open many different locks.      n-count  

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key in, off key, low-key, key in

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n.
key
ce diplôme est un sésame pour la vie professionnelle
exp.
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
[Tech.]
o.
Cyber Legacy Locker is the safe and secure way to pass encrypted access key of online accounts to authorized assignee.
[Leg.];[Tech.] passing access key of online account to friends or love ones
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket

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