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sent\ˈsent \; 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

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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

John, the oldest, and his brother Chuck were sent to a state home and later rotated through numerous foster homes, while Mike, the youngest, lived with relatives. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 Thompson was sent to the Rangers in a deal for Joakim Soria. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Future tense? Tigers' Futures Game players haven't often panned out," 14 July 2018 On Thursday, a call for questions was sent inside Uber to prepare for the company’s weekly staff meeting on Tuesday. Mike Isaac,, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 But when star striker Marco Etcheverry was sent off for kicking out at a German player, Bolivia was doomed to defeat. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 The children were sent to shelters, sometimes thousands of miles away, a policy that has now been halted after outrage erupted across the country and internationally. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 Emails may be sent to Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 Many had tipped the Germans to win their second consecutive World Cup, but with group stage defeats to Mexico and South Korea Low's side were sent packing ealry., "Philipp Lahm Says German Boss Joachim Löw Must Change Leadership Style in Order to Succeed Again," 13 July 2018 The replica was sent from Norway to Chicago for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Alan Goodwin was on stage giving a final send-off to students at one of the Washington region’s highest-achieving high schools. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Longtime leader of ‘overachievers’ stepping down at Walt Whitman High," 17 June 2018 An injury-time own-goal gifted Australia an uplifting send-off for the World Cup in Russia with a final warm-up 2-1 win over Hungary Saturday. Afp,, "Australia upend Hungary in last World Cup friendly," 9 June 2018 The assistant professor of astronomy at BU’s Institute for Astrophysical Research flew to Florida for the send-off. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "His Holy Grail would be detecting life on another planet," 7 June 2018 The final stop was a celebratory send-off that included dozens of family, friends and photographers following her every move before the finale. Mark Long, Houston Chronicle, "Danica Patrick ends racing career with crash at Indy 500," 27 May 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 \
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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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