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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 But the seller claims that the computer that was sent back was not the original, and was worth far less. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Online buyer sends back different laptop for refund: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 13 Feb. 2020 But the emperor turned on him, and rebuked him, and sent him back to the territory in shame. John Archibald |, al, "The Legend of Six White Men of a Certain Age," 12 Feb. 2020 Dallas sent defenseman Taylor Fedun to AHL affiliate Texas on a conditioning loan Tuesday, allowing him to play AHL games without having to pass through waivers. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Taylor Fedun sent to AHL on conditioning loan as Rick Bowness tries to juggle Stars’ defense," 12 Feb. 2020 That would lead to judges sending more of those offenders back to prison while their new cases move through the courts. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Assembly Republicans to pass bills that would require two new prisons, prevent delays in testing sexual assault evidence," 11 Feb. 2020 Her Majesty The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the Governor General of Australia, Governor of New South Wales, Governor of Queensland, and Governor of Victoria and to all Australians. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Will Partake in Australia's Bushfire Recovery Tour," 11 Feb. 2020 The couple, who may or may not have sent Jessica Simpson a gift, host a new Netflix series Love Is Blind, which is basically if The Circle didn't let anyone post pictures. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Nick & Vanessa Lachey Are The Face Of Love Is Blind, Netflix’s Craziest Dating Experiment Yet," 11 Feb. 2020 Most lidar sensors send out a laser pulse and then time how long the light takes to bounce back. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How lidar makers are coping with slow progress of self-driving tech," 11 Feb. 2020 Once, a fellow plantation owner sent Thistlewood the head of a runaway slave as a present and Thistlewood put it on a pole on his estate so that all might see it. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Even more heartbreaking for fans: Chambers likely won't get a send-off episode, according to TVLine. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Ellen Pompeo's broken heart emoji says all we need to know about Justin Chambers' 'Grey's Anatomy' exit," 11 Jan. 2020 One night, at a send-off party for a Rosecrest doctor, Hugo volunteered to take pictures. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 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

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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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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