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key1

key1

 
pronunciation:
ki
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a metal object cut in a special way so it can open or close locks.
I gave my neighbor a key to my house.
 
definition 2: something that allows or helps someone to achieve something.
Hard work is the key to success.
similar words:
agent, instrument, means, ticket
definition 3: a part of a machine or instrument that does something when you press it.
This computer keyboard has keys for numbers, letters, and functions.The piano is an instrument with many keys.
similar words:
button, lever
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: most important; main.
We discussed only the key points of the article.
synonyms:
chief, main, primary
similar words:
critical, great, important, major
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