- tonic (noun)
- the basic idea or ruling principle, as of a speech or policy
transitive verb-·not·ed, -·not·ing
- to give the keynote of
- to deliver the keynote address at
- The tonic of a musical key.
- A prime underlying element or theme: “The keynote of the revolution settlement was personal freedom under the law” ( G.M. Trevelyan )
transitive verbkey·not·ed, key·not·ing, key·notes
- To give or set the keynote of.
- Informal To give a keynote address at: keynoted the press luncheon.
(third-person singular simple present keynotes, present participle keynoting, simple past and past participle keynoted)