Definition of key something to in English:

key something to

phrasal verb

North American
  • Link something to.

    ‘courses keyed to the needs of health professionals’
    • ‘The recall module is keyed to a preselected sound.’
    • ‘To help users locate these features, each item on this list was keyed to a geometric grid that was overprinted on the face of the maps.’
    • ‘There is indeed a digital divide in cyberculture studies, and, like the digital divide in on-line access, it is keyed to racial categories.’
    • ‘This symbol may come in the shape of a broach, lapel pin, medallion, anything imaginable, but it is keyed to its owner and allows them certain abilities.’
    • ‘It invites us to join the melodrama, keying our responses to the silly excess of the movie itself.’
    • ‘The extensive end notes are keyed to each chapter.’
    • ‘Look at your tax form - the explanatory guide that comes with it is keyed to the T1 form.’
    • ‘Rather than being keyed to clinical care it is keyed to other activities that the university wishes, such as academic things (especially peer reviewed papers).’
    • ‘The interest rate may go up or down over the years, and it is keyed to a financial market index.’
    • ‘His work, because it is keyed to the environment in which he performs, has never been recorded because he has felt that this presentation would minimize the impact of his performance.’
    • ‘Bureaucratic incentives aren't keyed to getting jobs for those on welfare.’
    • ‘I'm looking for everything on a specific keyword, and if some store is keyed to that word I'm going to get their stuff.’
    • ‘The displays seem to resonate with the public, especially if the themes are keyed to their cities' histories, Clark said.’
    • ‘The researchers speculate that misbehaviors are keyed to ‘perceptions of inequities in the science resource distribution’ process.’
    • ‘For texts which authors and publishers wish to keep free of superscript symbols, endnotes are keyed to such points of reference as page numbers or repeat identifying phrases from the text.’
    • ‘The numbers above the heads of the passengers are keyed to lines of dialogue recorded below.’
    • ‘From a teaching point of view, therefore, the manual is excellent and, although it is keyed to a particular package, I think it would be a very good teaching tool.’
    • ‘The Google search engine has paid advertising, and it is keyed to the object of a user's search.’
    • ‘The clavicle (Latin for a little key) keys the shoulder blade to the breast bone.’
    • ‘Many of these regulations are keyed to specific resources within ecological systems rather than to addressing the system as a whole.’