What does "penned down" mean in the below?

If it's the past form of the verb "pen" then I couldn't find any particular meaning of "pen". I came across a sentence:

Don't worry if you are single, trust on destiny and remember destiny has penned down for you a lovely soulmate. Just be patient. Till then keep improving.

Could anyone please explain this to me?

  • Maybe the writer is referring to fate - "it is written".
    – Mick
    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:10
  • so is that related to pen.like we use pen for writing.so in that context..something like that? Oct 20, 2016 at 6:18
  • Possibly. You haven't really given us enough context. It's just my best guess. A longer quote would help. But, yes, penned as in written.
    – Mick
    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:19
  • It could mean penned as trapped in a pen (cage or fenced area). We really need more information - the source or a longer quote.
    – Mick
    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:28
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    My first guess was correct.
    – Mick
    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:34

4 Answers 4


I understand it to mean "written down". You would more often see something like "I penned down a quick note". In the context of destiny writing something down for you, it seems a bit odd to me, but I guess the intention was poetic.

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    You could also note that it is just bad writing. The imagery doesn't work well (destiny may be able to write down a name, but can't write down a person), and there is the confusing combination of "written down", "put in a pen" and "pinned down". Also, say "trust in". The adjective "lovely" is weak. And the advice is unclear (improving at what?)
    – James K
    Jun 27, 2017 at 16:58

The writing isn't the best quality but it is common to imagine destiny taking the form of a book (Arabic has a word for it, Maktub). What the writer is suggesting, is that if God (or the universe) plans for you to meet your soulmate in a few year's time, you should be patient and work on being a better person for that time.


It's likely a misspelling. It should probably be "pinned down" as one sticks a pin in something to fix it in place. See macmillandictionary.com: Pin Down


You pencil in a tentative appointment.
You pen down a confirmed appointment.

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