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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Having two smaller pieces standing upright is easier than trying to cut the kernels from a whole ear. Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Susan Selasky and send food and restaurant news to: Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2022 Rushdie was quickly surrounded by a small group of people who held up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest. Joshua Goodman, ajc, 12 Aug. 2022 It could broadly be used to slash education to the point where all public schools can afford to do is send a student home with nothing but a tablet and a list of online lessons to do. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 The satellites communicate with two systems on Earth: gateways that send internet connections up to the satellites, and the Dishy McFlatface dishes people can buy. Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 Emily Boesen, a spokesperson for the auditor's office, said the office is now through that shortage and has enough to print and send out a round of checks next week. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2022 The lack of public knowledge about black plastic led the town of West Hartford to send out an email recently telling people to never put black plastic in their recycling bins. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 11 Aug. 2022 Meek Mill said there are simple violations that can send people in these circumstances to prison, like smoking marijuana, not contacting a probation officer in a certain manner, not being hired for a job or not completing school. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 11 Aug. 2022 As the violence continued into a second day, Australia agreed to Sogavare’s request to send troops, around 100 of whom landed on the third day and helped restore order. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, McKinnon has opened up about how the bizarre and touching send-off came to be. Keith Langston,, 11 Aug. 2022 Watch some highlights from her touching send-off here. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 8 Aug. 2022 The Skywalker Saga is a silly and accessible send-up of the nine mainline Star Wars films. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 4 June 2022 The memorial ceremony concluded outside with a traditional hero's send-off that included a presentation of the flag to Lopez's family, an honor guard salute and a rider-less horse. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2022 But one month after the tragedy, students, administrators and families came together for a proper send-off into life after high school. Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2022 The daytime talk show was given an emotional send-off from Sherri Shepherd, who has been the main celebrity filling in for the original host this season. Justine Browning,, 17 June 2022 Blackmon had thrown Gonzalez out at the plate to end the fifth, an aggressive send by third-base coach Mark Hallberg on a flyball by Wilmer Flores, and Kapler was comfortable with it. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2022 Such was the spirited send-off that greeted this year’s batch of retiring NSO musicians — a slightly larger contingent and later celebration than usual because of delays caused by the pandemic. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for send


\ 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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