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key into (something)

1. To enter some information into something using a keyboard or keypad. A noun or pronoun is used between "key" and "into." I keyed my response into the text box of the messenger app. The address you keyed into the GPS system wasn't recognized.
2. To access some system or network. We want to make sure our clients can key into the database to find their data as quickly and easily as possible. The department is giving all employees the opportunity to key into training programs that may accelerate their careers.
3. To recognize, understand, and make use of some emotional resource; to tap into something. She seems able to key into people's greatest hopes and fears with her writing. He thinks drugs and alcohol are the only things that let him key into his true creative potential.
4. To inform someone of or make someone aware of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "key" and "into." The general relied on live satellite imagery to key her into the movements of enemy troops. The experience keyed me into the fact that failure was not the end of the world.
5. To enter some room or building using a key to unlock the door. I could tell something was wrong from the moment that I keyed into the apartment. I saw a strange figure keying into the house next door.
6. To grant someone entry into a room or building using a key to unlock the door for them. A noun or pronoun is used between "key" and "into." Give your name to the security guard downstairs, and he will key you into the building.
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