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1 pen /ˈpɛn/ noun
plural pens
1 pen
/ˈpɛn/
noun
plural pens
Learner's definition of PEN
: a writing instrument that uses ink
[count]
[noncount]
compare pencil

put/set pen to paper

: to write or begin to write something
compare 3pen, 5pen
2 pen /ˈpɛn/ verb
pens; penned; penning
2 pen
/ˈpɛn/
verb
pens; penned; penning
Learner's definition of PEN
[+ object]
: to write (something)
compare 4pen
3 pen /ˈpɛn/ noun
plural pens
3 pen
/ˈpɛn/
noun
plural pens
Learner's definition of PEN
[count]
: a small enclosed area for farm animals
compare 1pen, 5pen
4 pen /ˈpɛn/ verb
pens; penned; penning
4 pen
/ˈpɛn/
verb
pens; penned; penning
Learner's definition of PEN
[+ object]
: to put or keep (a person or animal) in an enclosed area usually used as (be) penned

pen in/up

[phrasal verb]
pen (someone or something) in/up
: to put or keep (a person or animal) in an enclosed area : to prevent (someone or something) from moving beyond a particular area usually used as (be) penned in/up
often used figuratively
compare 2pen
5 pen /ˈpɛn/ noun
5 pen
/ˈpɛn/
noun
Learner's definition of PEN

the pen

US, informal
: prison
compare 1pen, 3pen
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