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Another word for key

  1. A means or method of entering into or achieving something desirable

      1. A paper slip or card indicating that its holder has paid for or is entitled to a specified service, right, or consideration:
      2. An e-ticket.
      3. A certifying document, especially a captain's or pilot's license.
      1. Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed:
      2. Not expressed; inward:
      3. Given to keeping one's thoughts and activities unknown to others; secretive:
      1. A road, course, or way for travel from one place to another:
      2. A highway:
      3. A fixed course or territory assigned to a salesperson or delivery person.
      1. An established form of words or symbols for use in a ceremony or procedure.
      2. An utterance of conventional notions or beliefs; a hackneyed expression.
      3. A method of doing or treating something that relies on an established, uncontroversial model or approach:
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  1. Most important, influential, or significant

      1. The uppermost part, point, surface, or end:
      2. The part farthest from a given reference point:
      3. The crown of the head:
      1. First or highest in rank or importance.
      2. Of, relating to, or being financial principal, or a principal in a financial transaction.
      3. One who holds a position of presiding rank, especially the head of an elementary school, middle school, or high school.
      1. First or highest in rank or importance; main:
      2. Highest in quality; excellent:
      3. Being the most desired or suitable example of something:
      1. First or highest in rank or importance; principal.
      2. Occurring first in time or sequence; earliest:
      3. Of or relating to primary schools.
      1. First in status or importance; principal or chief:
      2. First to occur or exist; earliest.
      3. A prime minister.
      1. Of chief concern or importance:
      2. Highest in rank, power, or authority:
      3. One that has the highest rank, power, or authority.
      1. One that is first in rank, order, or importance.
      2. One's own interests; oneself:
      3. The act of urinating.
      1. Greater than others in importance or rank:
      2. Great in scope or effect:
      3. Great in number, size, or extent:
      1. Most important; principal.
      2. Exerted to the utmost; sheer:
      3. Connected to or located near the mainmast:
      1. Having a position in the lead; foremost:
      2. Chief; principal:
      3. Of or performing a lead in a theatrical production:
      1. More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
      2. First in physical position or place:
      3. Above all else; most importantly:
      1. The ordinal number matching the number one in a series.
      2. The one coming, occurring, or ranking before or above all others.
      3. The beginning; the outset:
      1. One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
      2. A chief petty officer.
      3. The chief engineer of a ship.
      1. Of foremost importance; paramount:
      2. Dark to deep or vivid red.
      3. A high church official, ranking just below the pope, who has been appointed by a pope to membership in the College of Cardinals.
      1. A town or city that is the official seat of government in a political entity, such as a state or nation.
      2. A city that is the center of a specific activity or industry:
      3. Wealth, especially in the form of financial or physical assets, used in the production or accumulation of more wealth.
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  2. Dominant in importance or influence

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Another word for key

      1. Of, relating to, or serving as a pivot.
      2. Being of vital or central importance; crucial:
      1. One who is highest in rank or authority; a leader.
      2. A chief petty officer.
      3. The chief engineer of a ship.
      1. Strongly affecting the course of events or the nature of things; significant:
      2. Having high social rank or influence; prominent:
      3. Having or suggesting a consciousness of high position or authority; authoritative:
      1. Constituting or being part of the nature or essence of something; inherent:
      2. Fundamentally important or necessary:
      3. Of, relating to, or being a condition or a disease whose cause is unknown:
  1. A means of solution

      1. A piece of confidential, advance, or inside information.
      2. An indication of an otherwise unknown fact or probability:
      1. A contact print of a drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background, especially such a print of an architectural plan or technical drawing.
      2. A mechanical drawing produced by any of various similar photographic processes, such as one that creates blue or black lines on a white background.
      3. A detailed plan of action.
      1. A pointer or an index.
      2. An instrument used to monitor the operation or condition of an engine, furnace, electrical network, reservoir, or other physical system; a meter or gauge.
      3. The needle, dial, or other registering device on such an instrument.
      1. A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.
      2. A system of symbols, letters, or words given certain arbitrary meanings, used for transmitting messages requiring secrecy or brevity.
      3. An access code.
      1. The mathematical symbol (0) denoting absence of quantity; zero.
      2. An Arabic numeral or figure; a number.
      3. One having no influence or value; a nonentity.
      1. A trademark or distinctive name identifying a product, service, or organization.
      2. A product or service so identified:
      3. An association of positive qualities with a widely recognized name, as of a product line or celebrity:
      1. Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality:
      2. An act or gesture used to convey an idea, a desire, information, or a command:
      3. Sign language.
      1. An indication of a disorder or disease, especially a subjective one such as pain, nausea, or weakness.
      2. A characteristic sign or indication of the existence of something else:
      1. A bookmark.
      2. A tombstone.
      3. A milestone.
      1. An identifying feature or characteristic:
      2. An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic animal.
      3. An item or provision in a legislative bill that allots money for a project or institution in a specific locale, usually written or sponsored by a representative from that area.
      1. A central or essential part around which other parts are gathered or grouped; a core:
      2. Something regarded as a basis for future development and growth; a kernel:
      3. A membrane-bound organelle within a eukaryotic cell that contains most of the cell's genetic material. DNA transcription takes place in the nucleus.
      1. The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.
      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber.
      3. The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support.
      1. The central or innermost part:
      2. The hard or fibrous central part of certain fruits, such as the apple or pear, containing the seeds.
      3. The basic or most important part; the crucial element or essence:
      1. A means of connection; a link or tie:
      2. A connected series or group.
      3. The core or center:
      1. A simple machine consisting of a rigid bar pivoted on a fixed point and used to transmit force, as in raising or moving a weight at one end by pushing down on the other.
      2. A projecting handle used to adjust or operate a mechanism.
      3. A means of accomplishing; a tool:
      1. The point or support on which a lever pivots.
      2. An anatomical structure that acts as a hinge or a point of support.
      3. An agent through which vital powers are exercised.
      1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature:
      2. A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
      1. A jointed or flexible device that allows the turning or pivoting of a part, such as a door or lid, on a stationary frame.
      2. A similar structure or part, such as one that enables the valves of a bivalve mollusk to open and close.
      3. A small folded paper rectangle gummed on one side, used especially to fasten stamps in an album.
      1. A short rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.
      2. A person or thing on which something depends; the central or crucial factor:
      3. The act of turning on a pivot.
      1. A long tapered stick or a laser beacon used to call attention to objects, as on a chart or blackboard.
      2. A scale indicator on a watch, balance, or other measuring instrument.
      3. A dog of a breed developed in Europe to point game, having a smooth, short-haired coat that is often white with black or brownish markings.
      1. An alphabetized list of names, places, and subjects treated in a printed work, giving the page or pages on which each item is mentioned.
      2. A thumb index.
      3. A table, file, or catalog.
      1. Something that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem or mystery.
      2. To give (someone) guiding information:
      1. A method or process of dealing with a problem:
      2. The answer to a problem or the explanation for something:
      3. A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances, which may be solids, liquids, gases, or a combination of these.
      1. The act or process of explaining:
      2. Something that explains:
      3. A mutual clarification of misunderstandings; a reconciliation.
      1. A spoken or written reply, as to a question.
      2. A correct reply.
      3. A solution, as to a problem.
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