\ ˈsend How to pronounce send (audio) \
sent\ ˈsent How to pronounce sent (audio) \; 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

Top hits: Get San Antonio Express-News stories sent directly to your inbox Both CEOs earn more than City Manager Erik Walsh, whose salary is capped by the city charter. Josh Baugh,, "SAWS chief gets salary increase and a bonus," 2 July 2019 Deadline to send info on events for our wine calendar is Thursday; email me. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Stan Hywet debuts Off the Vine, Pinstripes offers $1 wine, more," 2 July 2019 CodeRED, recently launched by the town, allows officials to send important alerts to residents and town employees when emergencies such as storms and major fires strike. John Laidler,, "Burlington launches new community notification system," 2 July 2019 Speaking at a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Sea Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer said the humanitarian organization was ready to send another ship to rescue migrants. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Judge in Italy Orders Release of Captain of Migrant-Rescue Ship," 2 July 2019 Due to a May 7 ransomware attack, the city remained unable Monday to send out water bills. Brittany Brown,, "Baltimore activists urge City Council to pass water affordability legislation," 2 July 2019 Indiana agree to send a first-round pick and two second-round picks to Milwaukee while agreeing to a four-year deal worth $85 million for the former Rookie of the Year. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Some question, most love Pacers' signings of Brogdan, Lamb," 1 July 2019 Kent was one of the stand out players out of the entire SPL during the 18/19 campaign and if the Reds choose to send the Englishman away from Anfield again, a year with Wolves could be seen as a significant step up in the 22-year-old's development., "6 Positions Wolverhampton Wanderers Must Strengthen to Solidify Themselves as a Top 7 Club," 1 July 2019 The move was part of a sign-and-trade to send former Hornets point guard (and UConn great) Kemba Walker to Boston for the upcoming season. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville star Terry Rozier gets PAID on first day of NBA free agency," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the 152 people whose cremated remains flew aboard Falcon Heavy Tuesday morning, a cosmic send-off was the only way to go, too. Chabeli Herrera,, "SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy for the third time in its most complex mission yet," 25 June 2019 Congratulations @margojain, a very well deserved send, and a big day for climbing. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Greatest Moments in Sports History. Ever.," 20 June 2018 The creators of the new version on Hulu returned to the submarine pen, for a send-off of yet another U-boat. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 As the workplace changes, so will fashion’s send-ups. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "This Season’s Must-Have Accessory Is Already on Your Desk," 28 Mar. 2019 Gucci and Balenciaga have also had a hand in reshaping the way men dress with haute logo tracksuits (the former) and surreal send-ups of normcore essentials (the latter). Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 The sender should be prepared to answer questions and follow any instructions received after hitting send. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities," 6 July 2018 If the images are a bit of a surreal send-up of the art world, the fashion is still on-point for the buzzy fair. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Casey Spooner’s Surreal Photo Diary Pokes Fun at the Art World (With an Assist From Chloë Sevigny)," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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