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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 Her campaign experimented with sending the ad to different age groups and locations around the country. Jake Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "The Fundraising Pulpit," 8 Apr. 2020 My concern is that, in a couple of months, when the pandemic surges in African nations, will India be able to send them drugs as well? Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, "India says it will ship hydroxychloroquine to U.S. after Trump threatens retaliation," 7 Apr. 2020 Valenzuela applied for unemployment benefits and while waiting for the first check to arrive, a friend sent her a link to a Google spreadsheet. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This virtual tip jar lets you help laid-off Arizona restaurant and bar workers. Here's how," 7 Apr. 2020 Keep sending us your tips, tricks, and recipes on Facebook and Instagram. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "Best of the West: The Foods That Get Us Through," 7 Apr. 2020 Please email Chris Hall at or send secure (encrypted) email to Are you a health care worker concerned about personal protective equipment (PPE) or other issues during the coronavirus outbreak? Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus live updates, April 7: Bringing hope and smiles during crisis," 7 Apr. 2020 Secretary of War Henry Knox and Hamilton advocated for sending troops out immediately. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian Magazine, "The President’s Cabinet Was an Invention of America’s First President," 7 Apr. 2020 In Houston, Amos is using numbers of both suspected and confirmed cases to predict how the coronavirus could spread and send a surge of sick patients to hospitals. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "88 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Antonio could have higher number," 7 Apr. 2020 But since that isn't always an option and supplies are so scarce, some have had better luck paying private labs to send them test kits and process tests. Blake Ellis, Melanie Hicken And Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Coroners worry Covid-19 test shortages could lead to uncounted deaths," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Columbus Dispatch L Brands gave its founder a virtual send-off Thursday morning. Mark Williams, USA TODAY, "Leslie Wexner steps down as chairman and CEO of L Brands," 14 May 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has shut down IRL schooling across the United States, and with it the possibility of traditional on-campus send-offs. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Will the Class of 2020 Please Line Up on the Minecraft Stage?," 11 May 2020 Its customer base would likely show up for a send-off. Los Angeles Times, "Amoeba Music will begin construction on new location in ‘next week or so,’ says owner," 22 Apr. 2020 Larry and Jonathon Kass, 49 and 48, orchestrated a creative send-off for their father. Anna Bauman,, "Victim of Hayward nursing home coronavirus outbreak was popular Sonoma County singer, Jewish leader," 10 Apr. 2020 The recurring Key & Peele sketch about the black substitute teacher mangling white students’ names is a hilarious send-up on the all-too-common reverse scenario. Peter Lawrence Kane,, "An avid reader’s frustrating downfall: chronic mispronunciation," 13 Mar. 2020 Since the video of Betty’s wake spread online, other communities in Ireland have adopted similar send-offs, with neighbors standing watch as the dead make their final journeys. Megan Specia, New York Times, "A Good Death Is a Rite of Irish Life. Amid Coronavirus, That Looks Different.," 24 Mar. 2020 Instead of a raucous send-off, our season went out with an anxious fizzle. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, "Inside the Unprecedented End of the 2020 Ski Season," 17 Mar. 2020 The poignant service punctuated throughout with jokes provided a fitting send-off for the beloved former Cincinnati city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner. Scott Wartman,, "'We will never forget you.' Greater Cincinnati bids farewell to Todd Portune," 3 Feb. 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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11 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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