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pen

noun  us   /pen/

pen noun (WRITING DEVICE)

[C/U] a thin device with a point used for writing or drawing with ink: [C] a fountain/ballpoint/felt-tip pen [U] You must fill out the application in pen (= using a pen).

pen noun (ENCLOSED SPACE)

[C] a small area surrounded by a fence in which animals are kept, or slang a prison or jail

pen

verb [T]  us   /pen/ (-nn-)

pen verb [T] (WRITING DEVICE)

to use a pen to write or draw something with ink: She penned (= wrote) a thank-you note.

pen verb [T] (ENCLOSED SPACE)

to enclose a person or animal in a small area by surrounding the area with a fence: Sheep are penned behind the barn.
Translations of “pen”
in Arabic قَلَم…
in Korean 펜…
in Malaysian petak…
in French enclos…
in Turkish dolma kalem, ağıl, hayvan barınağı…
in Italian penna…
in Chinese (Traditional) 書寫工具, (用墨水的)筆…
in Russian ручка, загон…
in Polish długopis, zagroda…
in Vietnamese chỗ quây kín…
in Spanish corral…
in Portuguese caneta…
in Thai คอก…
in German der Pferch…
in Catalan bolígraf, ploma…
in Japanese ペン…
in Indonesian kandang terbuka…
in Chinese (Simplified) 书写工具, (用墨水的)笔…
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