English version

pen somebody/something ↔ up/in

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpen somebody/something ↔ up/in phrasal verb1 TADto shut an animal in a small enclosed area2 be penned up/inLIMIT to be restricted or forced to remain in a small place Norma felt restless and penned in. pen→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
pen up/inCraig and Johnson met the way practically anyone meets an inmate: They became pen pals.Some of the small ones were ink-stained, and I realized that these had been for ink bottles and pens.This grid enables the software to determine the position of the pen.There was a dearth of pens that day in class.The pen comes in it's own attractive slip case.I m going to get a marker pen and colour in one side - hey presto, a KeaneKickmaster.The tiny pens, scrawling in palsied traces on endless white ribbons of paper, slowly ground to a halt.Where Peach's pen had been in the window was a cage with a snake in it, curled up on straw.
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Verb table
pen
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theypen
he, she, itpens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypenned
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave penned
he, she, ithas penned
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad penned
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill pen
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have penned
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam penning
he, she, itis penning
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you, we, theyare penning
Past
I, he, she, itwas penning
you, we, theywere penning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been penning
he, she, ithas been penning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been penning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be penning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been penning
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