key word


Definition of key word

: a word that is a key: such as
a usually keyword \ ˈkē-​ˌwərd \ : 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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There are a few key words to look for when shopping for an acne-friendly daily moisturizer. SELF, "15 Derm-Approved Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin," 21 Dec. 2018 But there is another detail in the final regulations that almost plays like a joke: People who buy this short-term — key words — insurance will be allowed to renew those plans for up to 36 months. Dylan Scott, Vox, "In the Trump administration, “short term” health insurance can last for 3 years," 2 Aug. 2018 Users also have the ability to mute other users and certain key words (including racial slurs). Jane Coaston, Vox, "Gab, the social media platform favored by the alleged Pittsburgh shooter, explained," 29 Oct. 2018 The key word here though is gently, Zeichner stresses. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "A Visual Guide to Identifying First-, Second- and Third-Degree Burns," 6 Aug. 2018 The company's marketing themes draw from three key words: thrilling, aware and stunning. Russ Mitchell,, "Yet another California electric vehicle is coming. But this start-up has manufacturing expertise," 29 Mar. 2018 And while baklava in a variety of forms is the key word on the dessert list, various rich choices, including dark chocolate lava cake, range from $8-$11. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 The key words are doubt, movement, and synchronization. Grant Wahl,, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Chicharito and the Art of Mexico's Synchronization," 3 May 2018 The key words and subject line were always assigned. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Florida shooting aftermath shows a generation that’s more impressive than typically portrayed," 20 Feb. 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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