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pen

2 verb
     
pen2 past tense and past participle penned, present participle penning [transitive]
literary to write something such as a letter, a book etc, especially using a pen:
a song penned by George Clinton

pen somebody/something ↔ up/in

phrasal verb
1TAD to shut an animal in a small enclosed area
2

be penned up/in

to be restricted or forced to remain in a small place:
Norma felt restless and penned in.

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