key word

noun

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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Some older job seekers lack the right skills or are unable or unwilling to relocate, while others are disadvantaged by new ways of recruiting, such as online tools that use key words to identify candidates for interviews. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "‘Just Unbearable.’ Booming Job Market Can’t Fill the Retirement Shortfall," 20 Dec. 2018 Heritage is a key word in the text, as is exceptional. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Bulgari Is on a Quest For Treasures From Its Past," 26 Oct. 2018 Claire Kirch reports on the story at Publishers Weekly: A number of publishers, most of them university presses, are taking Target Corporation to task for redacting certain key words in the product descriptions of their books. Constance Grady, Vox, "Target is reportedly censoring words like “Nazi” and “queer” from book descriptions," 15 Sep. 2018 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, latimes.com, "Yet another California electric vehicle is coming. But this start-up has manufacturing expertise," 29 Mar. 2018

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1762, in the meaning defined above

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