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keen1

 
 
pronunciation:
kin
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: keener, keenest
definition 1: extremely sharp; able to cut readily and finely.
For that job, you'll need a knife with a keen blade.
synonyms:
acute, fine, sharp
antonyms:
blunt, dull
similar words:
pointed
definition 2: finely discerning; extremely perceptive; acute.
Dogs have a keen sense of smell.With her keen intellect, we thought she would become an academic.
synonyms:
acute, incisive, mordant, perceptive, sharp, trenchant
antonyms:
blunt, dull
similar words:
agile, alert, astute, clearheaded, discerning, discriminating, fine, perspicacious, pungent, shrewd, subtle, tart
definition 3: intense, vivid, or strongly felt.
He's always had a keen ambition to enter politics.She has a keen interest in sports.Some people have a keen desire to be famous.
synonyms:
intense, strong
antonyms:
apathetic, indifferent, unenthusiastic
similar words:
acute, ardent, deep, exquisite, extreme, heavy, intent, pointed, vivid
definition 4: enthusiastic, eager, or desirous.
She's quite keen on learning how to play bridge now.He was never keen to play football, but his friends talked him into it.I asked him if he wanted to go in on on my plan, but he wasn't very keen.
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derivations: keenly (adv.), keenness (n.)
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