adjective -er, -est
- 1 (enthusiastic)(photographer/supporter)
entusiasta(student)to be keen to +
que muestra mucho interés
infinitivehe was keen to start worktenía muchas ganas de empezar a trabajarshe wasn't keen to commit herselfse mostró reacia a comprometersethey are very keen to hear from people with similar interests
no quería comprometersetendrían sumo interés en establecer contacto con personas que tengan intereses afinesshe's terribly keen that he should take parttiene mucho interés en que él participeto be keen
onsomething/ -ing(British English) I'm keen on travel/golfme encanta viajar/el golfhe didn't seem too keen on the ideano parecía gustarle mucho la ideathey're keen on joining the club
no parecía estar muy entusiasmado con la ideatienen muchas ganas de hacerse socios del clubto be keen
onsomebody (British English) she's very keen on himle gusta muchísimoI'm not too keen on their sistersu hermana no me cae muy bienExample sentences
- He was very keen and enthusiastic about learning.
- He was an ardent fisherman, a keen gardener, and an active naturalist.
- The areas round the house, where the borders are filled with herbaceous plants, were the territory of his wife, Elisabeth, an equally keen gardener, who died last year.
- 2 2.1 (sharp)(breeze/wind)
Example sentences2.2 (acute)
- Seizing an opportunity, he slashed upwards with his knife, the keen edge of his blade taking grip on the dog's neck.
- After many modifications, the end result is an extremely tough, durable and sturdy blade that retains a keen edge over many years.
- I stared at the knife in my hand for a long time, turning it over and over in my hands, admiring the keen edge and the gleaming metal that made the blade.
- The day was blessed with bright sunshine, although a keen wind cut through Windsor's streets.
- Gone was Friday's bright sunshine, replaced by cloud and a keen wind that made hardy souls of those camped out overnight outside Westminster Abbey or along The Mall.
- The steering arm thrums under their hand, the deck heaves beneath their feet and the keen salt wind cuts like a knife through even a good sealskin cloak.
muy bueno(wit/intelligence)a keen sense of smell
agudoun agudo sentido del olfatoshe has a keen eye for businesstiene mucha visión para los negociostiene mucho ojo para los negocios [colloquial]we need somebody with a keen eye for detailnecesitamos una persona observadora y detallistaa keen understanding of the problemuna comprensión cabal del problemakeen observers of the political sceneperspicaces observadores de la escena políticaExample sentences
Example sentences2.3 (intense, strong)
- With their poor eyesight and keen sense of smell, they can get dangerously close.
- They have keen hearing and good senses of vision and smell.
- The sense of smell is keen and the snout is used to probe when searching for food.
- Of course, it takes a keen military intellect to understand the strategic importance of blowing up empty buildings.
- He had a gentle, kindly manner, twinkling eyes and quick smile, a keen sense of humour and a penetrating wit.
- His sharp intellect, keen wit and urbane presence have been an asset of varying value to the Labour Party for almost 40 years.
muy reñido(interest/desire)he has a keen appetite
vivoExample sentences2.4 (competitive) (British English)
- Among Earnhardt's many passions was a keen love of deer hunting, fishing, and recreational activities.
- Cricket was my keen interest, my passion and my everlasting love.
- The league is set to provide a lot of interest and keen competition among the enthusiasts.
- Most well-run companies will have mainstream costs under control and will have professional buyers negotiating keen prices for all raw materials.
- Prices are keen, starting at €19,500 for the 1.4 litre saloon and an extra €200 for the estate body.
- Ex-company cars at two to three years old can represent very good value for money if bought at keen prices, as they will have been serviced regularly under a lease plan.
- [dated]Example sentences
- She could hear voices speaking in soothing tones, but Anna keened and wailed, and Kathleen tried not to imagine the scene on the other side of the door.
- Act Three ends powerfully, with the village in flames, good Soviet citizens hanging by their necks, and keening women, including one who is given a ‘mad scene’ of sorts.
- They cried, they keened, they wailed.
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