key to

Definition of key to

chiefly US
1 :to make (something) suitable for (a particular use or type of person)
  • I try to key my lectures to my audience.
often used as (be) keyed to
  • The educational program is keyed to the needs of working women.
2 :to change (something) in a way that is closely related to (something else) usually used as (be) keyed to
  • The amount of money they receive is keyed to the rate of inflation.

Word by Word Definitions

key play
  1. : a usually metal instrument by which the bolt of a lock is turned

  2. : any of various devices having the form or function of such a key

  3. : a means of gaining or preventing entrance, possession, or control

  1. : extremely or crucially important

  1. : to lock or secure with or as if with a key : fasten: such as

  2. : to secure (something, as a pulley on a shaft) by a key

  3. : to finish off (an arch) by inserting a keystone

  1. : a low island or reef

  1. : a kilogram especially of marijuana or heroin


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