key

key
[[t]ki͟ː[/t]]
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keys, keying, keyed
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...

She reached for her coat and car keys.

2) N-COUNT: usu pl The keys on a computer keyboard or typewriter are the buttons that you press in order to operate it.
3) N-COUNT: usu pl The keys of a piano or organ are the long narrow pieces of wood or plastic that you press in order to play it.
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: ADJ n The key person or thing in a group is the most important one.

He is expected to be the key witness at the trial...

Education is likely to be a key issue in the next election.

7) N-COUNT: usu N to n The key to a desirable situation or result is the way in which it can be achieved.

The key to success is to be ready from the start...

Diet and relaxation are two important keys to good health.

8) under lock and keysee lock
See also master key
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