key to (something)

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key to (something)

To make sure that something matches or is consistent with something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "key" and "to." If you don't key your expectations to your students' actual abilities, you'll just end up disappointed.
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key to

v.
To make something correspond to something else: I wrote up a teaching guide and keyed it to the materials for each lesson. The worksheets were keyed to the requirements for each course.
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Getting customers back into the town is key to it's regeneration and free weekday parking would be a good step forward.
Eighties couple Helen and Eddie are struggling to cope with their daughter's visions and, present day resident Nisha is not too pleased that partner Mark has employed a cleaner, but it transpires that the lady is familiar with the house and could hold the key to it's secret murky past.
Held from the 19th to 22nd March 2006 at the NEC in Birmingham, Food & Bake provides a cost effective platform for suppliers to the UK bakery and food manufacturing industries to highlight their products and services: Offering exhibitors the best value for money, visitor quality and a great event to visit, Food & Bake maintains a 'by the industry, for the industry' ethos that is key to it's continued growth over the past two decades.
The key to it's performance prowess is the IDS-plus chassis, which is a clever system that Vauxhall uses to control the vastly differing weights of the vehicle according to the cargo being carried.