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"pen" in British English

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pennoun [C]

uk   /pen/  us   /pen/
  • pen noun [C] (FOR WRITING)

A1 a long, thin object used for writing or drawing with ink: a fountain/ballpoint/felt-tip pen Don't write in pen (= using a pen), or you won't be able to rub out any mistakes you make.

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penverb [T]

uk   /pen/  us   /pen/ (-nn-) formal
to write something: She penned a note of thanks to her hostess.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of pen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pennoun

 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

penverb [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.
(Definition of pen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pen”
in Korean 펜…
in Arabic قَلَم…
in Malaysian petak…
in French enclos…
in Russian ручка, загон…
in Chinese (Traditional) 書寫工具, (用墨水的)筆…
in Italian penna…
in Turkish dolma kalem, ağıl, hayvan barınağı…
in Polish długopis, zagroda…
in Spanish corral…
in Vietnamese chỗ quây kín…
in Portuguese caneta…
in Thai คอก…
in German der Pferch…
in Catalan bolígraf, ploma…
in Japanese ペン…
in Chinese (Simplified) 书写工具, (用墨水的)笔…
in Indonesian kandang terbuka…
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