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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 The first woman and first black attorney general and U.S. senator in California's history, she was widely viewed as a candidate poised to excite the multiracial coalition of voters that sent Barack Obama to the White House. Arkansas Online, "Kamala Harris ends White House bid, citing lack of funding," 3 Dec. 2019 In a biting clip, comedian Eva Victor skewered the fact that a husband bought his wife an exercise bike seemingly unprompted -- what message does that send to the wife, then? Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Peloton's perplexing new holiday ad has incensed the internet," 3 Dec. 2019 Slapping a new round of tariffs on everything from coats to computers would send shock waves through the consumer economy and threaten to derail consumer spending, Kirkegaard said. NBC News, "Stocks sink after Trump says China deal can wait," 3 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday, the raccoon fought with a resident’s dog on the 15000 block of De Havilland Court, according to Animal Care and Control officials who sent the raccoon for rabies testing. Doug Phillips,, "Raccoon found in Palm Beach County has rabies, health officials say," 2 Dec. 2019 Few in Atlanta regret the trade that sent Spellman to the Warriors, and brought back a future second-round pick and center Damian Jones. Connor Letourneau,, "Hawks happy to see Omari Spellman thrive after ‘change of scenery’ with Warriors," 2 Dec. 2019 Three people have been arrested in a Saturday evening home-invasion in east Orange County that sent two men to the hospital in critical condition — one with a bullet wound to his head. Jeff Weiner,, "3 arrested after man shot in head during Orange County home invasion," 2 Dec. 2019 Lowly Kansas gained 569 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 50-48 loss at Royal-Memorial Stadium that sent shockwaves through ever-frantic Texas fans on Twitter. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns Insider: Team failed to capitalize on last year’s Sugar high," 2 Dec. 2019 There also were investments into technology that sends text messages and calls potential voters on behalf of the candidates. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'Worst day': Republicans say failed Merritt campaign handed election to Hogsett, Democrats," 1 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both the character and actress are given a touching send-off. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: J.J. Abrams restores balance to his galaxy in saga’s final episode," 18 Dec. 2019 Would this be a fitting send-off for the greatest player in the history of this town? Greg Moore, azcentral, "'Everybody loves Larry,' but if Fitzgerald retires, Cardinals and fans owe him a better send-off," 15 Dec. 2019 Forkish, who informed staff about the closure Thursday afternoon, plans to keep Trifecta and its adjacent bakery open through the end of the year, with plans in the works for a send-off bash on Dec. 31. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s best restaurants will close at the end of the year," 19 Nov. 2019 Phillips’ first career walk-off RBI gave Yost a celebratory send-off on the final day of the regular season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cards beat Cubs 9-0 in Maddon’s finale, clinch NL Central," 29 Sep. 2019 And besides, the comedy of corruption has made for fruitful television already; Succession, Schitt’s Creek, and Arrested Development are all deft send-ups of the 1 percent. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Tragicomedy of the American Dream," 16 Sep. 2019 Of its initial send-ups, two out of the three that include social media components have fewer than 150 followers combined across their Twitter and Instagram pages. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Elon Musk wanted The Onion; he got Thud," 2 July 2019 So instead of a grand send-off, Mugabe had a tawdry one. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 2019 Much like the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke will get an epic send-off. Kristen Baldwin,, "Emmys 2019: Who will and should win," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Send.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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