\ˈsend \
sent\ ˈsent \; 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

An astounding 3 million adults 65 and older (that’s one in four) experience falls that send them to emergency departments each year, according to the CDC, often resulting in serious injuries like hip fractures. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 The sources said Atrach did not make a profit from the information or send it to publications. CBS News, "Woman charged with hacking Selena Gomez’s email," 13 July 2018 The first time Servais saw Trout play was November 2011, when Jerry Dipoto, then the Angels’ general manager, hired Servais as his assistant and sent him to watch the Arizona Fall League. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Mario Mandzukic’s goal four minutes into the second extra-time period eventually ended it, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over England and sending it on to Sunday’s World Cup against France. Kevin Baxter,, "Croatia advances to World Cup final with 2-1 win over England," 12 July 2018 Price was reluctant to send them so far away, even though their friends were going. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "At these YMCA camps, kids learn to sail, take in nature and 'make friends for life'," 12 July 2018 Keivani confirmed the signal on the tarmac and sent it up to NASA’s Swift satellite overhead. Ian Haydon,, "For the first time, scientists harness 'ghost particles' to study the universe and its black holes," 12 July 2018 When his family couldn’t afford to send him to college, Bellinger worked his way through Georgia Tech. Nancy Badertscher, ajc, "Hagood Bellinger, 77: Business leader, admired mentor loved Tech, golf," 12 July 2018 Almost instantly, a wave doubled up on the shallows, sucked me backwards over the falls, and sent me bouncing up the sand. Jeff Johnson, Outside Online, "Jeff Johnson on the First Time He Saved a Life," 11 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 \
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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