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Definition of pen verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pen

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pen//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pen//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pen
    BrE BrE//pen//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pen//
     
    he / she / it pens
    BrE BrE//penz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//penz//
     
    past simple penned
    BrE BrE//pend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pend//
     
    past participle penned
    BrE BrE//pend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pend//
     
    -ing form penning
    BrE BrE//ˈpenɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpenɪŋ//
     
    Writing and publishing
     
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  1. 1pen something (formal) to write something He penned a letter to the local paper. See related entries: Writing and publishing
  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 were penned up in one room for a month.
  3. Word Originverb sense 1 Middle English (originally denoting a feather with a sharpened quill): from Old French penne, from Latin penna ‘feather’ (in late Latin ‘pen’). verb sense 2 Old English penn, of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pen