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

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 Parents still send their children to schools that are deeply and persistently divided by race and funded inequitably. NBC news, 19 July 2021 Chicago will send Lance Lynn to the mound vs. fellow right-hander Griffin Jax for Minnesota. Creg Stephenson |, al, 19 July 2021 Please send news tips, releases and notes about coverage to cleveland, 19 July 2021 The university did send students an email in April that suggested that there was trouble ahead for many sophomores. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 For all the track and field events in the Olympics, American Samoa could send only one male and one female representative. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2021 The return is especially meaningful for softball, which — unlike baseball — does send its best players to the Olympics and was boosted globally by Olympic exposure. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2021 Arizona will send LHP Caleb Smith (2-6, 4.54) to the mound to face Pittsburgh RHP Chase De Jong (1-3, 5.59). David Brandt, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 In Miami, much of the staff at the Chef Creole restaurant in the Little Haiti neighborhood send money to loved ones back home. Tenzin Shakya, ABC News, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The final send-off comes after the unit was cheered on by local and federal task force teams and the family members of Surfside victims, given the Key to the County and were made honorary commanders of MDFR on Saturday. Lucas Manfredi, Fox News, 12 July 2021 The homeowners just over the right-field fence at De La Salle sent good wishes and perhaps a few repair bills as a send-off to Burke as well. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 The game will serve as a send-off and tune-up for the U.S. team before the Tokyo Olympics. Mark Inabinett |, al, 30 June 2021 This incredible send-off from Lin (who is now set to return in installments nine and ten) proves that the best of the F&F chases use practical filmmaking — and real cars — to make the blissfully ridiculous possible. Nick Allen, Vulture, 28 June 2021 Filled with the deep-voiced singer's brooding swamp-rock, this album gives the American original, who died in 2018 at age 75, a worthy send-off. Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Sadly for vegetarians, the sole vegetarian entree — a send-up of chicken and biscuits ($21) that swaps poultry for hen of the woods mushrooms — veers too far into the beige zone. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 June 2021 The send-off took place at her grandmother's house in Detroit on June 4. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021 Professors met with smaller groups of about 15-20 students throughout the semester until coming together for a final send-off. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 10 June 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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.

Other Words from send

sender noun

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