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      adj  
1    eager or enthusiastic  
2    postpositive; foll by: on   fond (of); devoted (to)  
keen on a girl, keen on golf     
3    intellectually acute  
a keen wit     
4    (of sight, smell, hearing, etc.) capable of recognizing fine distinctions  
5    having a sharp cutting edge or point  
6    extremely cold and penetrating  
a keen wind     
7    intense or strong  
a keen desire     
8      (Chiefly Brit)   extremely low so as to be competitive  
keen prices     
9    Slang     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   very good  
     (Old English cene; related to Old High German kuoni brave, Old Norse koenn wise; see can1, know)  
  keenly      adv  
  keenness      n  
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keen          [2]  
      vb   intr  
1    to lament the dead  
      n  
2    a dirge or lament for the dead  
     (C19: from Irish Gaelic caoine, from Old Irish coinim I wail)  
  keener      n  

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keen         

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1]  

      adj  
1    ardent, avid, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed     (informal)   devoted to, eager, earnest, ebullient, enthusiastic, fervid, fierce, fond of, impassioned, intense, into     (informal)   zealous  
2    acid, acute, biting, caustic, cutting, edged, finely honed, incisive, penetrating, piercing, pointed, razorlike, sardonic, satirical, sharp, tart, trenchant, vitriolic  
3    astute, brilliant, canny, clever, discerning, discriminating, perceptive, perspicacious, quick, sagacious, sapient, sensitive, shrewd, wise  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    apathetic, half-hearted, indifferent, laodicean, lukewarm, unenthusiastic, uninterested  
2    blunt, dull  
3    dull, obtuse, unperceptive  

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keen          [2]  
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      vb   bewail, grieve, lament, mourn, wail, weep  
2   
      n   coronach     (Scot. & Irish)   dirge, lament, lamentation, mourning, wailing, weeping  

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