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Definition of key verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    key

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kiː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kiː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they key
    BrE BrE//kiː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kiː//
     
    he / she / it keys
    BrE BrE//kiːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kiːz//
     
    past simple keyed
    BrE BrE//kiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kiːd//
     
    past participle keyed
    BrE BrE//kiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kiːd//
     
    -ing form keying
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːɪŋ//
     
    Using a computer
     
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  1. 1  key something (in) | key something (into something) to put information into a computer using a keyboard synonym enter Key (in) your password. See related entries: Using a computer
  2. 2to deliberately damage a car by scratching it with a key
  3. Word Origin Old English cǣg, cǣge, of unknown origin. Phrasal Verbskey somebody to something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: key