key


key
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noun
1 for a door
ADJECTIVE
master, skeleton
duplicate, spare
apartment (esp. AmE), car, door, house, ignition, room, etc.

She hides a front door key in a flowerpot.

… OF KEYS
bunch, ring (esp. AmE), set

a large bunch of keys

He fished a ring of keys out of his pocket.

a set of car keys

VERB + KEY
turn

She turned the key in the lock.

insert, put in, slide in

I slid the key into the lock and went in.

remove, take out
use

She must have used a key to get in.

leave

She left a key with the neighbours/neighbors.

lock in

I'd accidentally locked the keys in my car.

KEY + VERB
open, unlock

You need a key to open the garage.

lock
turn

They heard a key turn in the lock.

jangle, jingle

The sound of keys jangling caught her attention.

PREPOSITION
with a/the key

You have to close it with the key.

key for

Robbie didn't have a key for these doors.

key to

the key to the front door

PHRASES
get a key cut (BrE)

I'll get another key cut so that you can have one.

2 on a computer
ADJECTIVE
Alt, arrow, backspace, control, delete, enter, escape, function, return, shift, etc.
hot (= a key that you can press to perform a set of operations quickly), short-cut

F1 is the short-cut key for calling up help.

… OF KEYS
row

the top row of keys

VERB + KEY
hit, hold down, press, punch, tap

Hold down the Alt key while pressing the arrow keys.

release
3 decisive factor
VERB + KEY
have, hold

First-time voters could hold the key to the election result.

PREPOSITION
key to

Language is the key to understanding those around you.

4 in music
ADJECTIVE
major, minor
high, low
VERB + KEY
change

The piece changes key in the middle.

KEY + VERB
change

The key changes from C major to A minor.

KEY + NOUN
change
signature
PREPOSITION
in a/the key

What key is it in?

Can we try it in a lower key?

key of

the key of G major

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PHRASES
a change of key
5 on a musical instrument
ADJECTIVE
organ, piano, etc.
black, white
VERB + KEY
caress, stroke, touch
depress
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adj.
Key is used with these nouns: ↑advantage, ↑aim, ↑ally, ↑appointment, ↑area, ↑article, ↑aspect, ↑assumption, ↑attribute, ↑challenge, ↑characteristic, ↑component, ↑concept, ↑concession, ↑consideration, ↑constituency, ↑contributor, ↑customer, ↑decision, ↑demand, ↑difference, ↑dimension, ↑distinction, ↑document, ↑element, ↑employee, ↑event, ↑executive, ↑factor, ↑feature, ↑figure, ↑finding, ↑function, ↑idea, ↑importance, ↑indicator, ↑individual, ↑industry, ↑ingredient, ↑instrument, ↑issue, ↑leader, ↑link, ↑measure, ↑meeting, ↑member, ↑message, ↑milestone, ↑ministry, ↑moment, ↑objective, ↑paragraph, ↑part, ↑participant, ↑passage, ↑performer, ↑personnel, ↑phrase, ↑plank, ↑player, ↑point, ↑position, ↑precinct, ↑principle, ↑problem, ↑provision, ↑question, ↑reason, ↑recommendation, ↑requirement, ↑respect, ↑role, ↑sector, ↑senator, ↑stage, ↑step, ↑strategy, ↑strength, ↑stumbling block, ↑supplier, ↑suspect, ↑target, ↑task, ↑term, ↑test, ↑text, ↑theme, ↑thing, ↑tool, ↑topic, ↑turning point, ↑vocabulary, ↑vote, ↑witness, ↑word, ↑worker

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  • Key — Key, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Keved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Keying}.] 1. To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges. Francis. [1913 Webster] 2. (Computers) To enter (text, data) using keys, especially those on a keyboard; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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