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

consign, dispatch, pack (off), ship, shoot, transfer, transmit, transport

Antonyms: Verb

accept, receive

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Examples of send in a Sentence


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

The penalties could severely affect Mexico, which sends 80 percent of its exports to the United States. Washington Post, "Mexico sees 80 percent chance of a deal to head off Trump tariffs," 5 June 2019 Despite scoring the crucial hat-trick which sent Spurs into their first European Cup final, the Brazilian was dropped by Pochettino in favour of Harry Kane, who hadn't played since April due to injury., "Lucas Moura Admits He Was 'Very Sad' to Be Dropped From Tottenham's Starting XI in UCL Final," 4 June 2019 This was in reference to Gucci's major misstep in May sending Caucasian models down the catwalk in $750 turbans. Laura Stampler, Fortune, "The Oscars of Fashion Honors Lady Gaga’s Designer Brandon Maxwell," 4 June 2019 The quote entered the public conversation after Folsom High Principal Howard Cadenhead sent an email to parents last Tuesday apologizing for a raft of problems with the yearbook, printed by Jostens Inc. Sawsan Morrar, sacbee, "Folsom student said ‘cracker’ in her senior quote – and sparked a debate about diversity," 4 June 2019 Wake up on Saturday, June 15, with breakfast served at 6 a.m. and a send-off at 7 a.m. The cost is $30 per person, and includes a t-shirt, dinner and breakfast. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Camp out on a cot to bring awareness to homelessness," 4 June 2019 New Illinois tax hikes aimed at generating revenue for transportation and building improvements may send consumers running for the border to get cheaper gas and cigarettes. Robert Channick,, "Illinois convenience stores see gas, cigarette tax hikes as 'devastating,' fear customers will flee across state lines," 4 June 2019 After Simmons dropped off her application, the friend sent a text to let the manager know, the report said. star-telegram, "‘Don’t want those people.’ Subway fires manager accused of refusing to hire black teen," 4 June 2019 Top hits: Get San Antonio Express-News stories sent directly to your inbox This year, Canales was Monreal’s academic mentor, emailing her college resource information and driving her to some of her college interviews. Alia Malik,, "College path for San Antonio student started with dad’s combat wound," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the workplace changes, so will fashion’s send-ups. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "This Season’s Must-Have Accessory Is Already on Your Desk," 28 Mar. 2019 Gucci and Balenciaga have also had a hand in reshaping the way men dress with haute logo tracksuits (the former) and surreal send-ups of normcore essentials (the latter). Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 The sender should be prepared to answer questions and follow any instructions received after hitting send. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities," 6 July 2018 If the images are a bit of a surreal send-up of the art world, the fashion is still on-point for the buzzy fair. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Casey Spooner’s Surreal Photo Diary Pokes Fun at the Art World (With an Assist From Chloë Sevigny)," 14 Dec. 2018 Add a glass of sauternes, Armagnac or old Calvados for good measure, and that sounds like a nice send-off. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 While the script is an appropriate send-up of B movies past, this production falls short. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "Wild Women of Planet Wongo," 21 June 2018 On paper, Ezra Furman's LP about an angel and its lover on the run from the government might sound like an almost-too-subtle send-up of '70s concept albums. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far): Critics' Picks," 5 June 2018 None of that mattered, however, as the young crowd came for the party and to participate in an epic send-off for one of their new local heroes. Marcel Friday, Billboard, "Los Angeles Shows Up to See 03 Greedo One Last Time at Globe Theatre Event," 18 June 2018

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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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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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sender noun

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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