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adjective keen pronunciation in American English /kin/
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adjectivekeen
comparativekeener
superlativekeenest

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  1. 1
    keen sight, hearing, etc. makes you very good at seeing things, hearing things, etc.
    I have a very keen sense of smell.
  2. 3
    very strong
    a manager who takes a keen interest in his employees
  3. 5
    mainly British wanting to do something, or wanting other people to do something
    We are keen to encourage more local employers to work with us.
    1. a.
      mainly British wanting to do something well
      The students in this class are all very keen.
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  4. 6
    [only before noun] mainly British very interested in an activity that you do often because you enjoy it
    a keen hiker/gardener/amateur astronomer
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keenness

noun [uncountable]

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