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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

intransitive verb

1a : to dispatch someone to convey a message or do an errand often used with outsend out for pizza
b : to dispatch a request or order often used with away
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 Snap, whose Snapchat is used to send photos and videos that disappear within seconds, said its net loss narrowed to $200 million, or 14 cents a share. Fortune, "Snapchat cofounders share $2.7 billion windfall," 21 Oct. 2020 Kahn didn’t comment on whether the agency plans to send Lilly a warning letter. Anna Edney,, "Lilly Plant Making Covid Drug Flagged Again by Inspectors," 21 Oct. 2020 After that date, elections supervisors aren’t allowed to send out mail ballots, though someone can pick one up at an elections office. Anthony Man,, "There’s still time (not much) to get a vote-by-mail ballot in Florida," 21 Oct. 2020 For the campaigns, the data files are the information needed to call, text, and send mailers to registered active Utah voters. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "What Utah’s early voting data tells us about the state and the election," 21 Oct. 2020 Just a few years later, telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell tested another idea from the roof: the photophone, which used light beams to send sound. Vicky Hallett, Washington Post, "Planet Word, a new D.C. museum, explores the landscape of language," 21 Oct. 2020 An estimated 95% of voters will manually fill out and send forms by postal mail, deposit in a drop box, or feed their paper ballots to a machine that produces an auditable paper record at a voting center. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Why it’s so hard to fix America’s poorly-designed election ballot," 20 Oct. 2020 That could depress bond prices and send yields up on Treasurys, though the Federal Reserve’s aggressive bond buying has kept a lid on yields this year. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Europe’s Riskiest Countries Find Debt Markets Wide Open," 20 Oct. 2020 There is no limit to how much money individuals can send to super PACs. Matt Egan, CNN, "Exxon denies Trump called CEO for money. But Big Oil is donating way more to Trump than Biden," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’ve been only about 100 Zulu kings in the group’s history, and a departing king gets a royal send-off. Chris Granger, National Geographic, "What New Orleans lost when a beloved community member fell to COVID-19," 13 Oct. 2020 The Irishman, a sprawling send-off that used the life of Bufalino family and Jimmy Hoffa associate Frank Sheeran as the framework for a powerful (and powerfully depressing) look at American crime, politics, and masculinity. Reid Mccarter, Wired, "Mafia: Definitive Edition Shows the Peril of Unwanted Remakes," 6 Oct. 2020 After a spirited send-off from the White House grounds, Trump and members of his team headed to Cleveland and the raucous debate. Calvin Woodward And Jill Colvin,, "An abundance of risk, not caution: Retracing Trump’s steps in the days leading up to his positive COVID-19 diagnosis," 2 Oct. 2020 Critics went into conniptions over clothes that to some seemed to be a send-up of fashion itself. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grunge: Episode 2 of Our Podcast In Vogue: The 1990s," 24 Sep. 2020 O'Hara's speech was a beautiful send-off for a beloved genre-defying show that aired its final episode earlier this year. Sarah Midkiff,, "Catherine O’Hara’s Emmys Win Wouldn’t Be Complete Without The Team That Made Moira Rose," 21 Sep. 2020 This morning, Ginsburg received a more formal send-off at the U.S. Capitol. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Trainer Says Farewell With a Moving Tribute," 25 Sep. 2020 Days after The Chronicle exclusively reported on Crozier’s explosive email, he was relieved of his command, receiving a hero’s send-off from his crew. Matthias Gafni,, "Exclusive: Capt. Brett Crozier explains why he sent email warning of Roosevelt coronavirus outbreak," 18 Sep. 2020 The send-off is bittersweet, ostentatious but poignant in a way that captures the best of P-Valley. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Prestige Drama Where Strippers Run the Show," 5 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of send was before the 12th century

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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