\ ˈsend How to pronounce send (audio) \
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 The council could vote on Tuesday to send the proposal to voters on the March 2020 ballot. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit residents and City Council speak out on bond proposal during contentious meeting," 19 Nov. 2019 How to send a panda to China Tuesday will be solely about Bei Bei, Smith says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Peace out, panda! Why Bei Bei leaving the National Zoo hits so hard for so many," 19 Nov. 2019 To think about someone going to Lexington Market and getting a book to send to a loved one in prison was endearing, but also very sad... Sameer Rao,, "We gave this year’s Sondheim Artscape Prize winner 24 hours to photograph her Baltimore. Here’s what she saw.," 19 Nov. 2019 To send a letter to the editor about this article, submit online or check out our guidelines for how to submit by email or mail. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: I criticized Trump on Salem’s 710 KNUS and lost my job. That’s bad for democracy.," 18 Nov. 2019 China continued to send more students than any other country, followed by India and South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Collin Binkley, Fortune, "Foreign Students at U.S. Universities Dips for Third Year," 18 Nov. 2019 Mountbatten uses his influence to send Charles overseas through the Navy, and the Queen Mother and Mountbatten conspire together. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Did Lord Mountbatten and the Queen Mother Break Up Charles & Camilla?," 17 Nov. 2019 Tay Boon Keh, 66, was arrested for allegedly swapping the luggage tags of nearly 286 bags in Changi Airport, causing them to be sent to unintended destinations. Fox News, "Frustrated baggage handler in Singapore jailed for swapping 286 luggage bag tags," 17 Nov. 2019 South Alabama fumbled at its 41 just before the half, but Rocel McWilliams sacked Lewis on the final play to send the teams to the locker room. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama drops 8th straight game, loses 37-27 to Louisiana," 17 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Of its initial send-ups, two out of the three that include social media components have fewer than 150 followers combined across their Twitter and Instagram pages. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Elon Musk wanted The Onion; he got Thud," 2 July 2019 So instead of a grand send-off, Mugabe had a tawdry one. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 2019 Much like the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke will get an epic send-off. Kristen Baldwin,, "Emmys 2019: Who will and should win," 13 Sep. 2019 Summer will get a sensational send-off this Saturday at Brews + Bites, a new outdoor event produced by the San Jose Downtown Association that celebrates restaurants around downtown and South Bay beers. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "New event showcases San Jose restaurants, South Bay beers," 10 Sep. 2019 With Labor Day around the corner, motorists will see the cheapest end to the summer since 2016, a great send-off to wrap up the summer driving season, but more good news likely lay ahead for motorists. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Trade tensions send gas prices down again," 26 Aug. 2019 In its send-off to Koch published Friday, the day of his death, the university went on at length about his donations to MIT in the fields of cancer research, child care and even basketball. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How MIT whitewashed the climate change denialism of a major donor, David Koch," 26 Aug. 2019 Delta 4-Medium will get its send-off with an important payload on board — both for the military and for everyday users. Chabeli Herrera,, "The last Delta 4-Medium rocket is set to launch Thursday with a critical new GPS satellite," 19 Aug. 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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Last Updated

22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Send.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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