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key

adjective

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key

noun

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1 an explanatory list of the symbols on a map or chart
  • in order to know what those dotted lines represent, you'll need to look at the key

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2 something that allows someone to achieve a desired goal
  • a good education is the key to success

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3 the means or right of entering or participating in
  • he had found the key to her heart

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key

verb

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to bring to a state free of conflicts, inconsistencies, or differences
  • her response was perfectly keyed to the situation

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The first known use of key was before the 12th century

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“Key.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/key. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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