Keyword definition

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The definition of a keyword is a significant word, or a word used to find information when researching.

When you are looking for resume examples and you type "resume examples" into Google, the words "resume examples" are an example of keywords.

When a politician says he wants people to pay "more taxes," this is an example of when the keyword is more.

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(programming) A reserved word used to identify a specific command, function, etc.
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(information science) Any word used in a reference work to link to other words or other information.
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(linguistics) Any word that occurs in a text more often than normal.
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Any word used as the key to a code.
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To tag with keywords, as for example to facilitate searching.
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A word that serves as a key to a code or cipher.
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(1) A word used in a text search.
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A word used as a reference point for finding other words or information.
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A significant or descriptive word.
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A word or phrase submitted to a search engine in an effort to locate relevant documents or websites.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
keyword
Plural:
keywords

Origin of keyword