Definition for keen

adjective as in enthusiastic

adjective as in sharp, piercing

adjective as in intelligent

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Example Sentences

That’s not good for a leader like Xi, keen to rule for life.

From Ozy

Sorkin is keen to stress that passion and persistence matter more than talent and the value of visualizing dreams before they become reality.

From Ozy

While countries are keen to build up scant domestic manufacturing capacity, it’s a costly and complex business, and difficult to compete with larger producers, Gavi’s Berkley said.

From Fortune

Like young adults who are keen to leave home at age 18, young leopards migrate in order to begin their family and establish territorial control over new areas.

From Ozy

For the last few months, Facebook, keen to look like it’s working with credible publishing sources, has paid Upday journalists to populate its Coronavirus Information Center.

From Digiday

Would a state with a keen understanding of the power of propaganda be so willing to just throw away such a trove of information?

Manttan is keen to carry out research on that Burmese side of the railway as his father worked on that section.

It offers keen insights into Hitch's craft while painting an intimate and unsentimental picture of the man behind the camera.

And because millions of us are so keen to do just that, our behavioral habits are changing.

The Telegraph reports that he is fluent in Swahili and a keen zoologist.

The student who does not intend to arouse himself need hope for no keen sense of beauty.

One other illustration of this keen childish dialectic when face to face with the accuser deserves to be touched on.

Impersonation may be more easily achieved intellectually, requiring only keen observation and the power of imitation.

The keen resentment had faded from his face, but an immense reproach was there—a heavy, helpless, appealing reproach.

Garnache bowed to the lady, who returned his greeting by an inclination of the head, and his keen eyes played briskly over her.


On this page you'll find 292 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to keen, such as: anxious, ardent, avid, eager, fervent, and fierce.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.