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clave
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Usage note
This word is often used in the plural in the sense shown in 5b).
clave(
klah
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beh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (concept)
a. key
La presidenta dijo en su discurso que la determinación es la clave del éxito.The president said in her speech that determination is the key to success.
2. (security access)
a. code
¿Conoces la clave de acceso del edificio?Do you know the building access code?
b. password
No puedo entrar. Se me olvidó la clave.I can't log in. I forgot the password.
3. (music)
a. clef
Tienes que saber cómo leer tanto la clave de fa que la de sol para tocar el piano.You have to know how to read both the bass and the treble clefs to play piano.
4. (architecture)
a. keystone
Colocaron la clave para completar el arco.They placed the keystone to complete the arch.
5. (musical instrument)
a. clave
Andrés no tiene sentido del ritmo para tocar la clave.Andres has no sense of rhythm to play the clave.
6. (rhythmic pattern)
a. clave
Siente la clave para tocar con más expresión.Feel the clave to play with greater expression.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
7. (musical instrument)
a. harpsichord
Elaine tocó una interpretación preciosa de Scarlatti en el clave.Elaine played a lovely rendition of Scarlatti on the harpsichord.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (important)
a. key
Asegúrate de resumir los puntos clave.Make sure you summarize the key points.
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clave
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (fundamental, esencial)
a. key
es una fecha clave para la empresait's a crucial date for the company
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (music)
a. harpsichord
3. (código)
a. code
en clavein code
nos mandaron los mensajes en clavethey sent us the messages in code, they sent us coded messages
clave de accesoaccess code
4. (solución)
a. key
la clave de la felicidad/del éxitothe key to happiness/success
5. (music)
a. clef
clave de fabass clef
clave de soltreble clef
6. (computers)
a. password
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clave
1 (código) code
la clave de la caja fuerte the code of o to the safe; la clave secreta the secret code; en clave in code; hablan en clave they speak in code; mensaje en clave coded message; message in code
clave de acceso (Informática) password
clave de búsqueda (Informática) search key
clave de clasificación (Informática) sort key
2 (quid) key
la clave del problema the key to the problem; una de las claves para entender el tema one of the keys to understanding the subject
3 (Música) clef
clave de fa bass clef
clave de sol treble clef
4 (sentido)
una interpretación en clave económica an economic interpretation; an interpretation from an economic viewpoint o perspective; una novela escrita en clave de humor a novel written in a humorous style o tone
5 (Archit) keystone
(Música) harpsichord
adjective
(esencial) [+tema, punto, factor, personaje] key
una figura clave en la política catalana a key figure in Catalan politics; cuestión clave key question; palabra clave keyword
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