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past tense & past participle sent
American English: /sɛnd/
British English: /sɛnd/

Translation of send in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (dispatch)
    to send something by post
    mandar or enviar algo por correo
    I'm having some money sent by cable
    me van a mandar or enviar un giro
    Mike sends his regards/apologies
    Mike manda saludos/pide que lo disculpen
    send her my love
    mándale saludos or recuerdos de mi parte
    they sent word of his arrival
    avisaron que había llegado
    mandaron (a) decir que había llegado (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • Twenty-three letters were sent by recorded delivery on one day.
    • Letters informing parents were sent by first class post yesterday.
    • A letter is to be sent to the Post Office and a special meeting of the council is being organised.
    Example sentences
    • He was more a man of deeds than of words - he always performed what he promised, and when this had been done, he sent to let the petitioner know that his wishes had been granted.
    • Mr. Norton allowed the child to lie ill for a week - indeed to be at death's door - before he sent to inform me.
  • 2 (direct, cause to go)
    to send somebody on an errand/a course
    mandar a alguien a hacer un recado or mandado/un curso
    we'll send a car to pick you up
    mandaremos un coche a recogerlo
    they've sent Bill across to help
    han mandado a Bill para que nos ayude
    send him along to see me this afternoon
    dígale que venga a verme esta tarde
    mándemelo esta tarde
    to send somebody for somethinghe sent me for some beer
    me mandó a comprar cerveza
    me mandó a por cerveza (Spain) [colloquial]
    to send somebody to prison/the gallows
    mandar a alguien a la cárcel/al cadalso
    to send somebody to her/his death
    enviar a alguien a la muerte
    to send somebody packing
    mandar a alguien a freír espárragos [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The judge then gave his majority direction and sent the jury away for further deliberations.
    • Jade Emperor cried, and he summoned Mountain God, ordering him to send mountains to fall upon the dragons.
    • The principal printed out her entries, made her do corrective work order, and even sent her for counselling.
  • 3 3.1 (propel, cause to move) he sent the ball over the fence
    mandó la pelota al otro lado del cerco
    high winds sent the ship off course
    fuertes vientos desviaron la nave de su rumbo
    the assassination sent shock waves around the world
    el asesinato conmocionó al mundo
    the thought of it sent a shiver down my spine
    me dio un escalofrío de solo pensarlo
    the news sent prices up/down/soaring
    la noticia hizo subir/bajar/disparar los precios
    the blow sent him reeling
    el golpe lo dejó tambaleándose
    she sent everything flying
    lo hizo saltar todo por los aires
    3.2 (transmit)
    Example sentences
    • In any kind of breeze they smoke like a forest fire, sending clouds of grey dust over the moored yachts and into harbourside streets.
    • She managed only to claw the piled ash, sending a cloud into the air.
    • Mike quickly pushed forward sending random shots toward them as the five of them cleared off.
  • 4 4.1 (person) (+ compl) her remark sent him into a rage/fits of laughter
    su comentario lo puso furioso/lo hizo morir de risa
    the kind of voice that sends you to sleep
    el tipo de voz que te hace dormir
    4.2 (carry away) [slang] [dated] this music sends me
    esta música me transporta
    esta música me mata [colloquial]
    esta música me chifla [colloquial]
  • 5 (cause to happen)
    these things are sent to try us
    Dios nos pone a prueba con estas cosas
    Example sentences
    • I think this sudden heatwave is sending me kinda crazy.
    • People weren't generally allowed to work at the Workshop for more than three months at a time. They thought it would send people crazy.
    • The whispers in the walls were sending me slowly crazy, and the constant whirring of my empty mind made me feel dizzy.

intransitive verb

  • mother sent to say that …
    mamá mandó a que nos avisaran que …
    mamá mandó (a) decir que … (Latin America)
    we'll have to send to the States for spares
    tendremos que encargar repuestos de Estados Unidos
    tendremos que mandar (a) pedir repuestos a Estados Unidos (Latin America)

Phrasal verbs

send after

1verb + object + preposition + objectsend somebody after them
mande a alguien (que vaya) tras ellos
2verb + preposition + object [dated]
hacer llamar
she sent after me to inform me of her decision
me hizo llamar or (Latin America also) me mandó (a) buscar para comunicarme su decisión

send around

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (send over)
2 (circulate)
hacer circular

send away

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (dismiss) don't send me away
no me digas que me vaya
she sent the beggar away empty-handed
despachó al mendigo con las manos vacías
1.2 (send elsewhere) the film has to be sent away for processing
hay que mandar or enviar la película a revelar
2verb + adverb send off 3

send back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
mandar de vuelta
hacer volver

send down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (British)
1 (from university) (usually passive) 2 (to prison) [colloquial]
meter preso

send for

verb + preposition + object
1 (ask to come)
mandar a buscar
mandar llamar (Latin America)
they sent for reinforcements
pidieron que enviaran refuerzos
stay there until you are sent for
quédate allí hasta que manden a alguien a buscarte
quédate allí hasta que te manden llamar (Latin America)
2 (order)
(catalog/application form)

send forth

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object [literary]
1 (send out)
2 (emit)

send in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
2 (substitute) (Sport)
hacer entrar
3 (by post)
4 (into room)
hacer pasar
send him in
hágalo pasar

send off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (dispatch)
he sent me off to mail the letter
me mandó a echar la carta
I like to send them off with a good breakfast
me gusta que tomen un buen desayuno antes de salir
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object, verb + object + preposition + object (British) (Sport) how many players were sent off?
¿a cuántos jugadores expulsaron or echaron?
he was sent off the pitch
lo echaron del campo de juego
3verb + adverbto send off for somethingI sent off for a brochure
escribí pidiendo un folleto
mandé pedir un folleto (Latin America)

send on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (in advance)
enviar or mandar por adelantado
they sent him on (ahead) with the message
lo mandaron delante or (esp Latin America) adelante con el mensaje
2 (forward) (mail)
hacer seguir
remitir [formal]
3 (British) (Sport)
hacer salir a jugar

send out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (emit)
(signal/rays/radio waves)
1.2 (on errand) we sent the boys out for a pizza
mandamos a los chicos a comprar una pizza
mandamos a los chicos a por una pizza (Spain) [colloquial]
I sent him out to get some stamps
lo mandé a comprar sellos or (Spain also) a por sellos
1.4 (by post)
2verb + object + adverb (+ preposition + object) (ask to leave) the teacher sent me out for talking
el profesor me echó de clase por hablar
they sent me out of the room while they discussed it
me hicieron salir de la habitación or me mandaron afuera mientras lo discutían
3verb + adverbto send out for somethingwe sent out for coffee
mandamos comprar café (Latin America)
mandamos a alguien a por café (Spain) [colloquial]

send round

(esp British)
send around

send up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (to prison) (US)
meter preso
2 (satirize) (British) [colloquial]
burlarse de
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