\ 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 Individuals also can send tips by texting TIPSCO to 274637. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Akron shooting leaves 1 man dead, police say," 24 Feb. 2021 The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion relief plan would send hundreds of billions of dollars to state and local governments. Brian Witte,, "Stimulus check updates: States pass their own coronavirus aid packages, not waiting on Washington," 24 Feb. 2021 What everyone wants to know is where the federal government will send those doses, and who they'll be steered toward. Jacqueline Howard And Jen Christensen, CNN, "Questions remain on J&J Covid-19 vaccine rollout as authorization decision approaches," 24 Feb. 2021 Close affiliation with Black Lives Matter doesn’t send a positive message to the overall U.S. population. WSJ, "Biden’s Many Policies Often Seem to Conflict," 23 Feb. 2021 But no, send three of your NCAA Tournament at-large contenders on the road in the shadow of the conference tournament. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mountain West makeup games mistake for Aztecs, conference," 23 Feb. 2021 The utility either will send customers checks or credit their accounts and compensate taxpayers for the cost of the attorney general’s investigation. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Many Arizona utility customers to receive part of $24M APS legal settlement," 23 Feb. 2021 The Biden administration’s diverse leadership may send a message to the world, too. John Scherpereel, The Conversation, "Biden’s Cabinet of many women shows other world leaders that US takes gender equality seriously," 22 Feb. 2021 The Suns can send 6-foot-11 DeAndre Ayton inside while also relying on three-point shooting that is tied for ninth in the league at 37.7%. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers entering tough 3-game stretch against Suns, Nuggets and Lakers," 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Twins communications director Dustin Morse arranged a fine Zoom send-off for the third-best second baseman in Twins history, behind Rod Carew (before a move to first base) and Chuck Knoblauch. Star Tribune, "Why modern baseball is unkind to thirty-somethings like Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe," 19 Feb. 2021 What a weird send-off for someone who was this close to hometowns. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, "We Need to Talk About The Bachelor," 16 Feb. 2021 For the first time in a while, Grissom felt good hitting the send button on a group email Tuesday afternoon to his 154-school organization that stretches some 150 miles from San Francisco south to King City (Monterey County). Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, "The turbulent 30 hours that led to Santa Clara County's revised high school sports ban," 28 Jan. 2021 At its core, WandaVision is a send-up of these comedies, and a good one at that. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Wandavision Offers Hope That Originality Can Survive the Era of the Ever-Expanding Franchise," 16 Jan. 2021 Ceylan’s send-up of his own vocation, by breaking the spell of the first film, allowed an even more complex sensibility to emerge. Yasmine Seale, Harpers Magazine, "Slow Burn," 5 Jan. 2021 Yes, hitting the send button can feel terrifying, but what’s the worst that can happen? Amanda Nachman, NBC News, "5 tips to land your dream job in 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Delightful send-up of traditional family sitcoms thanks to smart writing and performances by Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal and David Faustino. Ben Flanagan |, al, "29 shows about family you should stream this Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 Since the coup, cities across Myanmar have resounded with the din of clanging pots, pans, gongs and empty water jugs, a traditional send-off for the devil, which, in this case, wears army green. New York Times, "To Fight or Hide: Fear Grips Myanmar With Military Back in Charge," 6 Feb. 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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The first known use of send was before the 12th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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.

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