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pennoun

 us   /pen/
  • pen noun (WRITING DEVICE)

[C/U] a ​thindevice 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 ​smallareasurrounded 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 ​smallarea 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)







"pen" in British English

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pennoun [C]

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

A1 a ​long, ​thinobject 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   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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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