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Of crucial importance
“They say that in this case, some of the people who are retiring are in key positions.”
A thing that provides a means of achieving or understanding something
“I was of the opinion that the key to empowering individuals was to provide them with choice.”
A group of notes based on a particular note and comprising a scale, regarded as forming the tonal basis of a piece of music
“The first section scampers about in a happy fashion but darkens suddenly in the key of D minor.”
The prevailing tone of a piece of writing, performance or situation
“Kingsley plays Ford in a near-hysterical key throughout, his jealousy tinged with full-blown paranoia.”
A device that unlocks
“She reached for her coat and car keys.”
(key in) To bring into harmony or accord
“You will need to key yourself in to the situation to avoid making any rash decisions.”
(key in) To enter data into a form or field with the use of a keyboard
“Please key in your details using the form provided on the web page.”
To scratch with a key
“Someone would key my car and I would then have to spend hundreds on a new paint job!”
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