keen


keen
adj. (esp. BrE) eager/enthusiastic
VERBS
appear, be, look, seem, sound
remain
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

She's a very keen gardener.

desperately, especially, more than, particularly, terribly

He's particularly keen on football.

not at all, not exactly, not overly, not too

The banks were not at all keen to lend to somebody who actually seemed to need money.

equally

She is extremely keen to remain with the police and we are equally keen to retain her.

always

She was always keen to hear the local gossip.

obviously
naturally, understandably

She was naturally keen to make a good impression.

PREPOSITION
for

They were desperately keen for information.

on

Sally's quite keen on the idea.

PHRASES
as keen as mustard (= very keen) (BrE, informal)
Keen is used with these nouns: ↑admirer, ↑amateur, ↑anticipation, ↑appreciation, ↑awareness, ↑collector, ↑competition, ↑ear, ↑eye, ↑eyesight, ↑fan, ↑fisherman, ↑follower, ↑footballer, ↑gardener, ↑golfer, ↑insight, ↑intellect, ↑interest, ↑mind, ↑observation, ↑observer, ↑perception, ↑photographer, ↑sailor, ↑sense, ↑sportsman, sportswoman, ↑supporter, ↑swimmer, ↑traveller, ↑understanding

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Keen — (k[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Keener} (k[=e]n [ e]r); superl. {Keenest}.] [OE. kene sharp, bold, AS. c[=e]ne bold; akin to D. koen, OHG. kuoni, G. k[ u]hn, OSw. kyn, k[ o]n, Icel. k[ae]nn, for k[oe]nn wise; perh. akin to E. ken, can to be able. [root]45 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keen — [kiːn] adjective 1. if competition is keen, people are trying very hard to get an advantage over others doing the same thing: • Business has become scarcer, competition keener and profit margins slimmer. • These properties are likely to attract… …   Financial and business terms

  • Keen's — Mustard is a brand that has existed since 1742 [http://www.britishempire.co.uk/media/advertising/keensmustardpack.htm] . The original maker, Keen Sons in England, became Keen Robinson Company, then was acquired in 1903 by rival mustard maker… …   Wikipedia

  • Keen — steht für: Commander Keen, Computerspiel Serie Keen (Schuhe), ein US amerikanischer Outdoor Schuhhersteller Keen ist der Nachname folgender Personen: Andrew Keen (* 1960), britisch amerikanischer Unternehmer, Autor und Internet Kritiker David… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • keen — keen1 [kēn] adj. [ME kene < OE cene, wise, learned, akin to Ger kühn, bold < IE base * ĝen , to KNOW: the principal senses spring from the basic notion “capable”] 1. having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well [a keen knife, a keen… …   English World dictionary

  • Keen'v — Nom Kevin Bonnet Naissance 31 janvier 1983 (1983 01 31) (28 ans) Rouen,  Franc …   Wikipédia en Français

  • keen on — (informal) 1. Devoted to 2. Fond of 3. Very interested in, esp romantically or sexually 4. Very desirous of • • • Main Entry: ↑keen * * * keen on 1 : very excited about and interested in (something) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Keen — may refer to the following:Video games* Commander Keen series, a video game series * Keening , the legendary sword in the video game , see Kagrenac s Tools Other * Keen Engineering * Keen Footwear See also * Keene * Keane * Keening the… …   Wikipedia

  • keen\ on — • keen about • keen on adj. phr. Very enthusiastic about someone or something. It is well known that Queen Elizabeth is keen on horses …   Словарь американских идиом

  • keen — [adj1] enthusiastic agog, alert, animate, animated, anxious, appetent, ardent, athirst, avid, breathless, devoted, dying to*, eager, earnest, ebullient, fervent, fervid, fierce, fond of, gung ho*, impassioned, impatient, intense, intent,… …   New thesaurus

  • keen — Ⅰ. keen [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) eager; enthusiastic. 2) (keen on) interested in or attracted by. 3) (of a blade) sharp. 4) mentally acute or quick. 5) Brit. (of prices) very low; competitive …   English terms dictionary


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