key word


Definition of key word

: a word that is a key: such as
a usually keyword \ ˈkē-​ˌwərd How to pronounce keyword (audio) \ : a significant word from a title or document used especially as an index to content
b : a word exemplifying the meaning or value of a letter or symbol

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Gonzalez at 925-779-6874 or the police non-emergency line at 925-778-2441.Information can be texted to text-a-tip at 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Coroner identifies man fatally shot in Antioch," 3 Sep. 2019 This allows you to get stuff done in a timely manner by shepherding people, issues, and tasks to completion...completion being the key word. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Climb the Corporate Ladder—No Matter Your Company," 1 July 2019 If the key word in sustainability used to be zero, the next big word will be positive. Jenny Southan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hotel of the Future Produces More Energy Than It Uses," 26 Aug. 2019 Read the key words in a liberal’s and a conservative’s assessment of the campus climate. David French, National Review, "Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness," 20 Aug. 2019 In watching international terrorism, authorities are able to track key words and phrases in online communications and then seek a warrant to identify the interlocutors. Ron Kampeas,, "9/11-style response needed to fight white supremacists, Jewish security officials say," 13 Aug. 2019 Keep in mind though, the words well meant, don’t necessarily translate to being good enough, but without those key words, the outcome has already been decided, at least for today. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Big win for Jerry Hollendorfer and CTT," 27 July 2019 One key word seems to connect Trump and Johnson’s professional experience: incompetence. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "No, Boris Johnson isn’t the UK’s Donald Trump," 25 July 2019 Yet the key word there is progress—the idea that things are indeed getting better, if at a glacial pace. Fortune, "Gender Equality Backslides in China: The Broadsheet," 18 July 2019

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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