keynoun [C]uk /kiː/ us /kiː/
key noun [C] (LOCK)
- She fumbled around in her handbag, looking for her key.
- I heard someone turn a key in the lock.
- Give me the car keys - you're in no fit state to drive.
- She suddenly remembered (that) her keys were in her other bag.
- Please hand in your keys at reception on your departure from the hotel.
key noun [C] (PART)
key noun [C] (MUSICAL NOTES)
key noun [C] (SYMBOLS)
key noun [C] (ANSWERS)
keyadjectiveuk /kiː/ us /kiː/
- I think there is one key fact that you have overlooked.
- The key witness for the prosecution was offered police protection after she received death threats.
- The control of inflation is a key component of the government's economic policy.
- Delegation of responsibility is a key part of a manager's job.
- The economy is regarded as the key factor which will determine the outcome of the general election.