key
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key(
ki
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (instrument that opens a lock)
a. la llave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I think I forgot the house key at the gym.Creo que se me olvidó la llave de la casa en el gimnasio.
2. (code)
a. la clave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What's the key to access your online account?¿Cuál es la clave para acceder a tu cuenta en línea?
3. (part of a keyboard)
a. la tecla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Where is the "at" key on this keyboard?¿Dónde está la tecla "arroba" en este teclado?
4. (solution)
a. la clave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need the key to the New York Times crossword puzzle.Necesito la clave para el crucigrama del New York Times.
5. (part of a map)
a. la leyenda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It actually says "Here be dragons" in this map's key.De veras que dice "Aquí hay dragones" en la leyenda de este mapa.
6. (crucial element)
a. la clave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The key to success in the business world is knowing how to network.La clave para el éxito en el mundo de los negocios es saber hacer contactos.
7. (tonic note or chord)
a. la clave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
"Ode to Joy" is in the key of D major."Himno a la Alegría" está en la clave de Re mayor.
b. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This song is sung in a major key.Esta canción se canta en tono mayor.
c. la tonalidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How can I change the key of the song using this software?¿Cómo puedo cambiar la tonalidad de la canción usando este software?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (most important)
a. clave
The key ingredient in my butternut squash soup recipe is a pinch of nutmeg.El ingrediente clave en mi receta de sopa de calabaza es una pizca de nuez moscada.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (computing)
a. teclear
We'll need to hire someone to key all that data.Tendremos que emplear a alguien para teclear todos esos datos.
10. (to roughen)
a. estriar
Ensure all surfaces are clean and lightly keyed before attaching the veneer.Asegúrese de que todas las superficies estén limpias y ligeramente estriadas antes de aplicar la chapa.
11. (to damage with a key)
a. rayar con una llave
Ross didn't need anyone to tell him who had keyed his car.Ross no precisaba que alguien le dijera quién le había rayado el coche con una llave.
12. (music)
a. acordar
The string section was tuning up, keying their strings to the oboe's note.La sección de cuerdas estaba afinando, acordando las cuerdas a la nota del oboe.
13. (to fit to; used with "to")
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. unir a
The policies were keyed to local concerns and designed to garner votes in the upcoming election.Las políticas estaban unidas a las preocupaciones locales y se diseñaron para ganar votos en las próximas elecciones.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
14. (to be in tune with; used with "into")
a. sintonizar
The comedian found the crowd wasn't really keyed into his view of the world.El cómico se dio cuenta de que el público no sintonizaba realmente con su visión del mundo.
15. (to be nervous; used with "up")
a. estar alterado
Simon had been keyed up about his exams and hadn't slept well all week.Simón había estado alterado por los exámenes y no había dormido bien toda la semana.
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key
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of door)
a. la llave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (of clock, mechanical toy)
a. la cuerda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (of piano, typewriter)
a. la tecla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
4. (to problem, situation)
a. la clave f, llave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
the key to happiness/successla clave de la felicidad/del éxito
5. (answers, guide; of map)
a. la clave
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
6. (to exercises)
a. la respuestas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
7. (music)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
major/minor keytono mayor/menor
the key of Cla clave de do
to be off keyestar desafinado(a)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (most important)
a. clave
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key [kiː]
noun
1 (to door, safe, car etc) llave (f); (can-opener) abridor (m); abrelatas (m)
2 [of typewriter, piano] tecla (f); [of wind instrument] llave (f); pistón (m)
3 (to code) clave (f)
the key to success la clave del éxito
4 (to map, diagram) explicación (f) de los signos convencionales
5 (Mús) clave (f)
what key is it in? ¿en qué clave está?; in the key of C en clave de do; to change key cambiar de tonalidad; to sing/play off key cantar/tocar desafinado; major/minor key tono (m) mayor/menor
adjective
(crucial) [+issue, job, role, witness] clave
adjective:invariable
; (a)
he is a key figure in the negotiations es una figura clave en las negociaciones; all the key positions in the company are held by men todos los puestos clave de la compañía están ocupados por hombres
to play a key [role]
transitive verb
(Comput) (Tip) (also key in) (also key up) teclear
modifier
key card (n) (for hotel room) tarjeta (f) de acceso
Prosecutors allege that Mr. Cherif illegally entered the bank, using a key card he kept after being fired
key money (n) entrada (f)
key ring (n) llavero (m)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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