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Definition of pen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pen
    he / she / it pens
    past simple penned
    -ing form penning
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  1. 1pen something (formal) to write something He penned a letter to the local paper.
  2. 2pen somebody/something (in/up) to shut an animal or a person in a small space At clipping time sheep need to be penned. The whole family was penned up in one room for a month.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pen