\ ˈsend How to pronounce send (audio) \
sent\ ˈsent How to pronounce send (audio) \; sending

Definition of send

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transitive verb

1 : to cause to go: such as
a : to propel or throw in a particular direction
b : deliver sent a blow to the chin
c : drive sent the ball between the goalposts
2 : to cause to happen whatever fate may send
3 : to dispatch by a means of communication
4a : to direct, order, or request to go
b : to permit or enable to attend a term or session send a daughter to college
c : to direct by advice or reference
d : to cause or order to depart : dismiss
5a : to force to go : drive away
b : to cause to assume a specified state sent them into a rage
6 : to cause to issue: such as
a : to pour out : discharge clouds sending forth rain
b : utter send forth a cry
c : emit sent out waves of perfume
d : to grow out (parts) in the course of development a plant sending forth shoots
7 : to cause to be carried to a destination especially : to consign to death or a place of punishment
8 : to convey or cause to be conveyed or transmitted by an agent sent out invitations
9 : to strike or thrust so as to impel violently sent him sprawling
10 : delight, thrill

intransitive verb

1a : to dispatch someone to convey a message or do an errand often used with out send out for pizza
b : to dispatch a request or order often used with away
2 : transmit
send for
: to request by message to come : summon
send packing
: to send off or dismiss roughly or in disgrace



Definition of send (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lift of a wave : scend

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Other Words from send


sender noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for send

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of send in a Sentence

Verb Satellites receive signals in space and send them back to Earth. When you write to him, please send him my very best wishes. He became ill and was sent home from school. She sent the kids to bed immediately after supper. He was sent to prison for armed robbery. The company sent me to the conference. “There is a Ms. Jones here to see you.” “Send her in.” He was sent on a secret mission. They sent a limo to pick her up at the airport. He asked us to send a taxi for him.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kira Gaber said she’s been told to send her kindergartner back to his San Francisco classroom with a laptop and headphones — aka Zoom in a Room. Fox News, "California’s schools lag in reopening push," 14 Apr. 2021 Since disturbances could send the monarchs into flight, and use their precious energy, there were a few rules: no touching the butterflies, no flash photography, and no talking. Sara Dykman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Biking 10,000 Miles With Monarchs," 14 Apr. 2021 Now advocates warn that once again desperate parents and other adult family members are choosing to send children across the border alone, as US officials expel more migrant families to Mexico under pandemic travel restrictions. Rosa Flores, CNN, "'I felt like I was dying,' a mom says after watching her children cross the border alone," 14 Apr. 2021 City staff was to have presented a second batch of checks to send out, but at the last minute, decided to hold approval of the second batch for two weeks. Steve Lord,, "Aurora has sent 70 checks so far as part of COVID-19 relief program for businesses," 14 Apr. 2021 The city will also send police officers to other city parks during peak hours on some days, the release said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Lakewood mayor, police chief promise increased police presence at city parks following second shooting in a month," 14 Apr. 2021 One Quincy School mother, who asked to be identified by her last name, Yu, plans to send her daughter back to her classroom., "Asian American families overwhelmingly reject full-time return to BPS classrooms this month," 14 Apr. 2021 The Pfizer and Moderna versions are mRNA vaccines, which use messenger RNA to send instructions. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "If you got the J&J vaccine, here's what experts say you should do now," 13 Apr. 2021 The White House is also weighing whether to send some migrants conditional cash transfers in exchange for remaining at home, White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson told Reuters. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Kamala Harris will meet with migration experts Wednesday, stepping into fraught role," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Appreciation was running high from the players who were pleasantly surprised to receive such a nice send-off. Emmett Hall,, "Cooper City Optimist soccer players honored with Senior Night," 15 Apr. 2021 Aneesa inevitably loses, and TJ gives her the coldest send-off. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: The Plot Against Aneesa," 25 Mar. 2021 Sweden is to thank for this subtle send-up of Eurovision power ballads — a perfect fit for a film that thoughtfully parodies the annual international song competition. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Conversations With Every 2021 Oscar Best Original Song and Score Nominee," 2 Apr. 2021 Also, who doesn’t love a Kathryn Hahn cameo, Zooming in from the same spot in her incredibly normal-looking bedroom, serving us a send-up of her own meme? Chris Murphy, Vulture, "Minari’s Alan Kim and His Purple Belt Won Late Night This Week," 6 Mar. 2021 Co-owner Sara Pollmann closed the restaurant for good July 18, following a send-off from customers that left many people in tears. Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, "In Hutchinson, 'normal' life returns slowly as businesses tally costs and losses," 20 Mar. 2021 Katovich said Rolling Meadows’ eight seniors have been playing together since fifth grade and that the conference-clinching win was the perfect send-off. Nick Frazier,, "Boys basketball notes: Blake Peters, Daeshawn Hemphill and Evanston’s other seniors make one last run together in Clash of Champions," 15 Mar. 2021 Rod Laver Arena is a fitting venue for a send-off to Australia’s greatest music industry figure. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Michael Gudinski’s State Memorial Set For Rod Laver Arena," 8 Mar. 2021 There will be a send-off for Pinkston at 9 a.m. Friday at its school. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Girls basketball semifinalists can still have a state tournament atmosphere — it just won’t be at Alamodome," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of send


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for send


Middle English, from Old English sendan; akin to Old High German sendan to send, Old English sith road, journey, Old Irish sét path, way

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16 Apr 2021

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“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of send

: to cause (a letter, an e-mail, a package, etc.) to go or to be carried from one place or person to another
: to give (a message) to someone
: to tell or cause (someone or something) to go to a place


\ ˈsend How to pronounce send (audio) \
sent\ ˈsent \; sending

Kids Definition of send

1 : to cause to go The sick student was sent home. I'll send a message.
2 : to set in motion by physical force The hitter sent the ball out of the ballpark.
3 : to cause to move in a particular direction or manner The high demand sent prices up.
4 : to cause someone to pass a message on or do an errand Let's send out for pizza.
5 : to give an order or request to come or go Our principal sent for the child.
6 : to bring into a certain condition His remarks sent me into a rage.

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