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1 able to sense slight impressions or differences

  • pilots with especially keen eyesight
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2 causing intense discomfort to oneʼs skin

  • the keen wind gave me chapped lips
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3 having an edge thin enough to cut or pierce something

  • lanced the boil with a keen scalpel
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4 having or showing quickness of mind

  • readers who were keen enough to realize that the writer was being satirical
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5 of the very best kind

  • that new digital camera sure is keen
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out of this world, too much

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6 showing urgent desire or interest

  • a keen hunger for fame and fortune in the fashion industry
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champing at the bit, chomping at the bit

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sharp, keen, acute mean having or showing alert competence and clear understanding. sharp implies quick perception, clever resourcefulness, or sometimes questionable trickiness.
    • sharp enough to spot a confidence game
keen suggests quickness, enthusiasm, and a penetrating mind.
    • a keen observer of the political scene
acute implies a power to penetrate and may suggest subtlety and sharpness of discrimination.
    • an acute sense of style

keen

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a crying out in grief

  • the loud keens of the widows were heard throughout the war-ravaged city
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1 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely

  • victims of the disaster have been keening for weeks about the slowness of governmental aid
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kick up a fuss

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2 to make a long loud mournful sound

  • mourners keening for the victims of the bombing
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