verb \ˈsend\

Definition of send


play \ˈsent\;


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to go: such asa :  to propel or throw in a particular directionb :  deliver sent a blow to the chinc :  drive sent the ball between the goalposts

  3. 2 :  to cause to happen whatever fate may send

  4. 3 :  to dispatch by a means of communication

  5. 4a :  to direct, order, or request to gob :  to permit or enable to attend a term or session send a daughter to collegec :  to direct by advice or referenced :  to cause or order to depart :  dismiss

  6. 5a :  to force to go :  drive awayb :  to cause to assume a specified state sent them into a rage

  7. 6 :  to cause to issue: such asa :  to pour out :  discharge clouds sending forth rainb :  utter send forth a cryc :  emit sent out waves of perfumed :  to grow out (parts) in the course of development a plant sending forth shoots

  8. 7 :  to cause to be carried to a destination; especially :  to consign to death or a place of punishment

  9. 8 :  to convey or cause to be conveyed or transmitted by an agent sent out invitations

  10. 9 :  to strike or thrust so as to impel violently sent him sprawling

  11. 10 :  delight, thrill

  12. intransitive verb
  13. 1a :  to dispatch someone to convey a message or do an errand —often used with out send out for pizzab :  to dispatch a request or order —often used with away

  14. 2 :  transmit



send for

  1. :  to request by message to come :  summon

send packing

  1. :  to send off or dismiss roughly or in disgrace

Examples of send in a Sentence

  1. Satellites receive signals in space and send them back to Earth.

  2. When you write to him, please send him my very best wishes.

  3. He became ill and was sent home from school.

  4. She sent the kids to bed immediately after supper.

  5. He was sent to prison for armed robbery.

  6. The company sent me to the conference.

  7. There is a Ms. Jones here to see you. Send her in.

  8. He was sent on a secret mission.

  9. They sent a limo to pick her up at the airport.

  10. He asked us to send a taxi for him.

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Origin and Etymology of 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




Definition of send

  1. :  the lift of a wave :  scend

First Known Use of send


SEND Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of send for English Language Learners

  • : 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

SEND Defined for Kids


verb \ˈsend\

Definition of send for Students




  1. 1 :  to cause to go The sick student was sent home. I'll send a message.

  2. 2 :  to set in motion by physical force The hitter sent the ball out of the ballpark.

  3. 3 :  to cause to move in a particular direction or manner The high demand sent prices up.

  4. 4 :  to cause someone to pass a message on or do an errand Let's send out for pizza.

  5. 5 :  to give an order or request to come or go Our principal sent for the child.

  6. 6 :  to bring into a certain condition His remarks sent me into a rage.



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