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key in

v.
1. To enter something as data into a computer system or program using a keyboard; input something: I keyed the statistics in and analyzed the patterns. The researcher keyed in the results of the experiment and printed out a copy.
2. To become aware of or responsive to someone or something: If they are going to be good leaders, they need to key in to the needs of the voters. We stated our complaints very clearly, but the manager hasn't keyed in.
3. To cause someone to become aware of or responsive to someone or something: We don't know the strategy yet, but you can key us in. The manager keyed in the employees to the new dress code.
See also: key
References in classic literature ?
Upon this, she unlocked the door, and, passing out, closed it again softly; leaving it to all appearance (when viewed on the inner side) as carefully secured as Agnes had seen it when she tried the key in the lock with her own hand.
With strained ears, I listened, and heard downstairs the grinding of the key in the great lock and the falling back of the heavy door.
As the words passed his lips the clerk joined us, and at the same moment there was another and a last grating turn of the key in the lock.
A small purple despatch-case, with a key in the lock, on the writing-table, engaged his attention for some time.
Everything appeared as usual -- the precious secretary in its place, and the key in the secretary.
She opened he gate and closed the door after her, leaving the key in the lock.