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

Definition of send

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grab lunch at Stirling’s, a campus coffee house, before a 90-minute trip to Nashville’s International Airport via I-24 W will send you, reluctantly, down from the mountaintops and home. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The measure has already cleared the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, and approval by the Senate will send the bill to President Biden's desk for his signature. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 19 May 2022 Every day, salons, pet groomers, and individuals send hair cuttings to Matter of Trust's San Francisco warehouse. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 19 May 2022 Ships could also send the CO2 to refineries in the ocean. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 The test can be purchased online or in-store without a prescription; people then send their sample to the maker of the test kits, Labcorp, to be analyzed. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 18 May 2022 Have the kids write a handwritten note (or draw a picture!) and send a photo to this Etsy seller—they'll engrave it on this leather wallet for a gift that's useful and sentimental. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 18 May 2022 Also, a note on unsolicited nudes: don’t send them. Tom Rasmussen, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Businesses sometimes send text messages to their customers to inform them about deals or to provide shipping updates. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On April 29, the couple headed from their San Diego second home to an Encinitas coffee shop for the official send-off. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 His part in Logan was as perfect a send-off for the character as anyone could have imagined. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 7 May 2022 As is traditional for retiring principal players, Peck got to select his own send-off for his final season. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 The particular brilliance of Ozark's send-off is its willingness to take some responsibility for glorifying mass murder and systematic theft, all with the ultimate purpose of getting people like the Langmores hooked on drugs. David Faris, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 Luna-25 was originally targeted for takeoff last year, in October 2021, but its send-off has been repeatedly delayed. Leonard David, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2022 Now, the Gridiron is a roast of sorts -- a usually polite send-up of Washington's political culture. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Mel Brooks' classic western satire is one of the OG dark comedies; not only a send-up of an entire genre, but a satire on the stupid mindset that racist in the Wild, Wild, West (or anywhere else) have. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Mar. 2022 Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus for T-Mobile Dolly Parton and her goddaughter Miley Cyrus teamed up for a T-Mobile ad that served as a send-up of charity singles. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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\ 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.

Other Words from send

sender noun

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