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keen(
kin
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (enthusiastic)
a. entusiasta
I didn't know you were so keen on soccer. We should go to a game!No sabía que eras entusiasta del fútbol. ¡Deberíamos ir a un partido!
John's a keen advocate for animals.John es un entusiasta defensor de los animales.
b. aficionado
My father's very keen on photography.Mi padre es muy aficionado a la fotografía.
c. aplicado (student)
At college, she was a keen student who absorbed everything like a sponge.En la universidad, era una estudiante aplicada. Lo absorbía todo como una esponja.
2. (interested)
a. entusiasmado
They didn't sound very keen on the idea.No parecían muy entusiasmados con la idea.
b. atraído
I can tell my brother is keen on her.Yo veo que mi hermano se siente atraído por ella.
c. interesado
We're keen to know how much they're asking for the house.Estaríamos interesados en saber cuánto piden por la casa.
3. (intense)
a. grande
Jonas has a keen interest in Chinese history and culture.Jonas siente un gran interés por la historia y la cultura china.
b. vivo (desire or interest)
The president expressed a keen interest to be introduced to you.El presidente expresó un vivo interés por conocerla a usted.
c. fuerte (desire)
We are all motivated by a keen desire for being loved.A todos nos mueve el fuerte deseo de ser amados.
d. bueno (appetite)
Both my children have a keen appetite.Mis dos hijos tienen buen apetito.
e. reñido (competition)
For years there has been a keen competition between both companies.Durante años, ha existido una reñida competencia entre ambas empresas.
4. (sharpened)
a. afilado
The razor was keener than I imagined.La cuchilla estaba más afilada de lo que imaginé.
b. filoso
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Use the keenest knife to cut the meat.Para cortar la carne, utiliza el cuchillo más filoso.
c. filudo
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Careful! That penknife is very keen!¡Ten cuidado! Esa navaja es muy filuda.
5. (piercing)
a. cortante
The wind at the top of the mountain was really keen.En la cima de la montaña hacía un viento muy cortante.
6. (acute)
a. agudo
You need very keen eyes to spot these diminutive creatures.Se necesita una vista muy aguda para detectar a estas criaturas diminutas.
b. muy fino (hearing)
Be careful with what you say. My mother has keen ears.Ten cuidado con lo que dices. Mi madre tiene un oído muy fino.
c. penetrante (mind)
His keen mind makes him an excellent researcher.Su mente penetrante hace de él un excelente investigador.
d. perspicaz (observer)
She was a keen observer of life, and, as such, an excellent writer.Era una perspicaz observadora de la vida, y, como tal, una excelente escritora.
7. (very low) (United Kingdom)
a. competitivo (prices)
We aim at offering keen prices along with quality.Nuestro objetivo es ofrecer precios competitivos sin dejar de lado la calidad.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(excellent)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. genial
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
At ten, she already played a keen game of tennis.Con diez años, ya jugaba genial al tenis.
b. chévere
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The party was keen.La fiesta estuvo chévere.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
9.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(lament)
a. el lamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was terribly sad listening to the widow's keen at the church.Era tristísimo escuchar el lamento de la viuda en la iglesia.
b. el plañido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Only the keen of the women pierced the silence.Solo el plañido de las mujeres penetraba el silencio.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to wail)
a. lamentarse
His brothers were keening at the cemetery.Sus hermanos se lamentaban en el cementerio.
b. plañir
Several women in black kept keening while walking behind her coffin.Varias mujeres vestidas de negro no dejaban de plañir mientras caminaban detrás del féretro.
11. (to mourn)
a. llorar
He's still keening for his lost child.Todavía llora al hijo que perdió.
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keen
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (enthusiastic)
a. entusiasta
to be keen to do somethingtener muchas ganas de hacer algo
to be keen for something to happentener muchas ganas de que ocurra algo
she's keen on Patrickle gusta Patrick
he wasn't keen on the ideano le entusiasmaba la idea
2. (colloquial)
a.
to be as keen as mustardestar entusiasmadísimo(a)
to take a keen interest in somethingmostrar gran interés por algo
3. (acute, perceptive; mind)
a. penetrante
4. (eyesight)
a. agudo(a)
5. (sense of smell)
a. fino(a)
to have a keen eye for detailtener buen ojo para el detalle
to have a keen awareness of somethingser profundamente consciente de algo
6. (sharp, intense; sorrow, regret)
a. profundo(a)
a keen appetiteun apetito voraz
a keen bladeuna hoja afilada
keen competitioncompetencia feroz
7. (commerce) (United Kingdom)
a.
keen pricesprecios competitivos
a keen windun viento cortante
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keen [kiːn]
adjective
keener (comparative)keenest (superlative)
1 (enthusiastic) [+supporter] entusiasta; [+student] aplicado
she's a keen photographer/gardener es muy aficionada a la fotografía/la jardinería; he's a keen footballer es muy aficionado a jugar al fútbol
he's a keen golfer
he's a keen cook le gusta mucho or le encanta cocinar; she's just started and she's still very keen acaba de empezar y tiene aún mucho entusiasmo; try not to seem too keen procura no parecer muy interesado; to be keen to do sth tener interés por hacer algo; I was keen to get started tenía muchas ganas de empezar; the government is keen to dismiss these rumours al gobierno le interesa descartar estos rumores; he was keen to point out the financial benefits tenía sumo interés por hacer resaltar las ventajas económicas; hizo mucho hincapié en las ventajas económicas
I'm not keen to do it
to be keen on sth (Britain)
I'm not all that keen on grapes no me gustan mucho las uvas; he's keen on fishing es muy aficionado a la pesca; le gusta mucho la pesca; I'm not keen on the idea no me entusiasma or no me hace mucha gracia la idea; both companies were keen on a merger ambas compañías querían la fusión or tenían interés en la fusión
I was not too keen on a confrontation he's keen on her
I'm not very keen on him no es santo de mi devoción; no me cae demasiado bien; to be keen on doing sth: I'm very keen on horse riding (Britain) me gusta muchísimo montar a caballo; me encanta montar a caballo; soy muy aficionada a montar a caballo; (as a hobby)
as a hobby I'm not keen on ironing
I'm not keen on going no me apetece mucho ir
I'm not keen on his going
to be as keen as mustard ser extraordinariamente entusiasta
2 (intense) [+desire] fuerte; vivo; [+delight] intenso; [+interest] vivo; grande; [+competition, match, struggle] reñido
his keen sense of loyalty su gran sentido de la lealtad
the competition for the first prize was keen
3 (sharp) [+edge, blade] afilado; [+wind, air] cortante; [+mind, intelligence] agudo; penetrante; [+intellect, wit, sense of humour] agudo; [+eyesight] agudo; muy bueno; [+hearing] fino
to have a keen appetite tener buen apetito
to have a keen eye for detail tener buen ojo para los detalles
to have a keen nose for sth tener buen olfato para algo
to have a keen sense of smell tener buen olfato
4 (competitive) [+price, rate] competitivo
5 (US) (good)
he plays a keen game of squash juega genial or fenomenal al squash (informal)
noun
(Irl) (Mús) lamento fúnebre por la muerte de una persona
intransitive verb
lamentar
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