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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

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 Authorities gathered the remains on Saturday from the home in Pacolet and will send them to a forensic anthropologist to study, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a statement. CBS News, "Baby's remains found in wall during home renovations in South Carolina," 5 Jan. 2021 People living in skid row shelters were being diagnosed with dozens of new cases of COVID-19, and Behforouz needed a place to send them quickly to isolate. Doug Smith Senior Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. homeless sites ‘overwhelmed’ by COVID-19, putting more stress on healthcare system," 3 Jan. 2021 Even catching a cold or the flu can send her to the hospital. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Dallas respiratory therapist commits to helping patients, even as cystic fibrosis puts her at risk," 3 Jan. 2021 Hong Kong's highest court on Thursday revoked media tycoon Jimmy Lai's bail after prosecutors succeeded in asking the judges to send him back to detention. Arkansas Online, "Hong Kong activist returned to custody," 2 Jan. 2021 The Legislature could pass a lottery bill and send it to voters without the governor’s approval. Mike Cason |, al, "Legislators face decisions on lottery, casinos after Alabama gambling report," 2 Jan. 2021 In 2015, after Alcala finished eighth grade, the family decided to send him back to the U.S. to live with his sisters. Silvia Foster-frau,, "U.S. citizens with deported parents still separated during the holidays," 1 Jan. 2021 Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has had his bail revoked after prosecutors succeeded in asking the city’s highest court to send him back to detention. Fox News, "Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai's bail revoked," 31 Dec. 2020 Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has had his bail revoked after prosecutors succeeded in asking the city’s highest court to send him back to detention. Time, "Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai's Bail Has Been Revoked," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Goodbye, 2020, and rest in peace — you won't be missed, but this effervescent ensemble is still going to give you a proper send-off. Lydia Wang,, "The Hilarious Women Of Amazon’s Yearly Departed," 30 Dec. 2020 With the winter solstice only one week away, Portlanders should expect a soggy send-off to the fall season. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: With winter only 1 week away, expect soggy send-off to fall season," 14 Dec. 2020 Sure, an MLS Cup victory at America’s oldest soccer-specific stadium coming to its end would be a great send-off for Columbus, but Seattle looks and plays the part of a champion. USA TODAY, "2020 MLS Cup predictions: Will Columbus Crew or Seattle Sounders emerge as champions?," 13 Dec. 2020 There won’t be a big send-off at school, Mitchell said, but the team will be recognized before the football team’s first-round home playoff game Friday. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Lovejoy volleyball is one win from a historic record — and the greatest season ever for a Dallas-area team," 10 Dec. 2020 Staff at Madison Hospital gave him a special send-off when he was discharged on Tuesday, two days before his birthday. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A 104-year-old World War II veteran from Alabama has survived Covid-19," 6 Dec. 2020 When her mother, Janet Gingras, died Sunday, all Susi wanted was to gather her family for a proper send-off. Linda Borg, USA TODAY, "Rhode Island woman fights to hold her mother's burial with family amid COVID-19 restrictions," 4 Dec. 2020 The reception at Amanpuri following the Western ceremony was the finale event and a final send off for many of the guests in attendance. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding Doubled as a Tour of Thailand, From Chiang Mai to Phuket," 30 Oct. 2020 Before the coronavirus closed the business, it was known for hosting baby showers, funeral repasts, prom send-offs, school events, weddings, birthday parties, retirement parties and many others. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "900-plus Detroit small businesses 'blessed' to get COVID-19 relief grants," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Send.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 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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