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send 1

Pronunciation: /send/

verb (past and past participle sent /sent/)

1 [with object] Cause to go or be taken to a particular destination; arrange for the delivery of, especially by mail: we sent a reminder letter but received no reply [with two objects]: he sent her a nice little note
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  • 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.
dispatch, post, mail, address, consign, direct, forward;
transmit, convey, communicate;
telephone, phone, broadcast, radio, fax, email
dated telegraph, wire, cable
1.1Cause (a message or computer file) to be transmitted electronically: send your document as a PDF attachment [with two objects]: I sent him an email last week
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  • This morning the entire office was unable to send emails until about 2 pm.
  • He admitted dangerous driving after sending text messages while driving over 60 mph on a motorway.
  • This morning the Chief Executive Officer sent out an email imploring everyone to take all possible precautions in the current climate.
1.2Order or instruct to go to a particular destination or in a particular direction: Clemons sent me to Bangkok for R&R
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  • 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.
1.3 [no object, with infinitive] Send a message or letter: he sent to invite her to supper
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  • 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.
1.4Cause to move sharply or quickly; propel: the volcano sent clouds of ash up four miles into the air
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  • 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.
propel, project, eject, deliver, discharge, spout, fire, shoot, release;
throw, let fly
informal chuck
1.5 (send someone to) Arrange for someone to go to (an institution) and stay there for a particular purpose: many parents prefer to send their children to single-sex schools
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  • Magistrates sent Harris to a young offenders institution for 90 days.
  • The brutality of ‘Victorian’ responses to otherness is echoed in Walter's bleak experience in the institution he is sent to after the death of his parents.
  • That is the way with war crimes such as genocide, the charge which has sent Krstic to prison for the rest of his life.
2 [with object] informal Affect with powerful emotion; put into ecstasy: it’s the spectacle and music that send us, not the words
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  • Another neighbour said the murders had sent a wave of emotion through the tight-knit community.
  • A word of praise from the shop girl sends a flare of ecstasy over her face.
  • When not drinking kava, the islanders grow coffee, the kind that sends coffee buyers into ecstasies.



send someone flying

Cause someone to be knocked violently off balance or to the ground.
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  • It sent her flying to the ground and almost knocked her unconscious.
  • A Crimestoppers appeal in the Evening Press trapped the thief who snatched a 74-year-old man's savings and sent him flying to the ground.
  • We'd gone a little way, and I was looking out for a good place to stop when, with no warning at all, the bike took a sharp twist sideways sending us flying to the ground.

send someone packing

see pack1.

send someone to the showers

see shower.

send word

Send a message: he sent word that he was busy
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  • We have a strong alliance with them and if they were ever in need they would send word, but no such message has been received.
  • The accused, however, were not present: they sent word through their lawyers that they were protesting the OTP's failure to present some materials to them as the bench had ordered.
  • But shortly afterwards, Jeremie sent word that he was willing to hold his hand on the executions of the four, but not the entire death row population.

Phrasal verbs


send away for

Order or request that (something) be sent to one: you can send away for the recipe
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  • I knew that you folks were on tenterhooks about the new black sport coat I sent away for, and yes, as promised, I did have an excellent opportunity to give it its first live-fire exercise Tuesday night.
  • Rowena immediately recognized it as the Chow Hall apron her sister had sent away for.
  • A few years ago, armed with a few extra bucks from my quarterly student loan dispersement, I sent away for an exciting new book that appeared to be the answer to all of my questions about how the West sees herbal medicines.

send someone down

1Expel a student from a university.
Example sentences
  • A myth surrounding the vessels states that if a student drank all the beer held in one, he would be sent down.
  • Some have won fully paid scholarships to colleges and Universities and when they get there, they are sent down because the fraud that they perpetuated on themselves and others has now caught up with themselves.
  • It's true, I say absolutely nothing insulting nor talk back to the teachers and they send me down.
2 informal Sentence someone to imprisonment: you’re going to get sent down for possessing drugs
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  • This was before she was sent up to prison, Upstate New York.
  • In 1992 he was sent up for murder and racketeering.
  • Ricky and Des were sent down because they refused to come to a deal and plead guilty when they knew they were innocent.

send for

Order or instruct (someone) to come to one; summon: if you don’t go I shall send for the police
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  • Iokaste sends for Oedipus and instructs the Corinthian to inform him of the news.
  • Niko's wounds would heal quickly enough and I instructed the Captain to send for the physician in the morning.
  • ‘I shall be sending for you and we shall marry and live together in France,’ he told me.
call for, summon, contact;
ask for, request, order
3.1Order by mail: send for our mail order catalog
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  • I sent for a copy and when I glanced through it, I thought it was really great.
  • In order to do this effectively it may be given powers equivalent to those of the High Court to summon witnesses, send for documents, administer oaths, etc.
  • We phoned a place in Toronto to send for replacement instruments, but made the mistake of telling them they'd probably been stolen.

send something in

Submit material to be considered for a competition or possible publication: don’t forget to send in your entries for our summer competition
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  • The Supporters' Trust has also appealed for fans who made pledges at the public meeting at Valley Parade last Thursday to send their money in as soon as possible.
  • There are a few sponsorship cards outstanding and people are asked to send them in as quickly as possible.
  • But she accepted that was still not enough and that the Department was still urging people to send their forms in as soon as possible.

send off for

Order or request that (something) be sent to one: I sent off for a handy pack of cards containing useful facts

send someone off

Instruct someone to go; arrange for someone’s departure: she sent him off to a lecturing engagement
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  • After which they can pump up the girl, give her instructions, and send her off to ‘avenge’.
  • Alas now if he posted such extracts someone would probably complain that they were commercial posts and send him off to stand in a corner like some naughty little boy.
  • I better send James off to exchange them for more lightweight paper…
6.1(Of a referee, especially in soccer or rugby) order a player to leave the field and take no further part in the game: the player was sent off for rough play
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  • But City have seen a copy of Crick's report to the FA which mentions that Combe was sent off for assaulting the referee.
  • If I was the referee I'd have sent him off - it was a terrible challenge.
  • In 2001, a fifth division player in Sweden was jailed for attacking a referee who had sent him off.

send something off

Dispatch something by mail: please take a moment or two to send off a check to a good cause
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  • ‘We want people to get involved but we do not want people to send things off in the post, just to let us know and we will arrange to have a look at them,’ says Jane Sellars, freelance exhibition curator.
  • So, anyway, I shot off to the study to write a covering letter for the deeds and then to the post office to send the package off by special delivery, next day guaranteed.
  • I had to go to the post office to send a few posters off to those good enough to want to buy some off me (details on home page).

send something on

Transmit mail or luggage to a further destination or in advance of one’s own arrival: I’ve got your catalog—would you like me to send it on?
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  • The cash would be carried in oak chests, and the keys would be sent on in advance for added safety.
  • Postini then filters out the spam and the virus-infected messages, among other things, before sending your mail on.
  • Okay, then, I'll ask my people to send my luggage on later, I'd rather set off earlier and travel in comfort.

send out for something

Order delivery of something: we sent out for pizza
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  • Everything was done and dusted by the time we sent out for pizzas - and a pie on a roll for Andy - on Saturday lunchtime.
  • Hollywood is where if you don't have happiness you send out for it.
  • Wrote bits of script, drank beer and sent out for a takeaway and everything.

send something out

1Produce or give out something; emit something: radar signals were sent out in powerful pulses
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  • Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
  • They meet in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and let the world know what is happening by means of a smoke signal coming through a chimney leading to the roof of the chapel a smoke signal is sent out to tell the outside world what is happening.
  • When prices are held down this signal is not sent out.
2Dispatch items to a number of people; distribute something widely: the company sent out written information about the stock
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  • The Associated Press sent a dispatch out of Bangkok that they considered news.
  • The leaflet says information and advice on steps to be taken in the event of a nuclear emergency will be sent out on radio and television.
  • I point out that he's still writing and sending his stories out regularly.

send someone up

US Sentence someone to imprisonment: he was sent up for arson

send someone/something up

informal Give an exaggerated imitation of someone or something in order to ridicule them: the humorist who sent up sacred cows like school spirit
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  • In panto I send myself up playing the Gladiator role; in this the character is sent up in the story, and there's lots of fun at everyone's expense.
  • They have an answer for that too, though: they're not just sending people up, they insist, but seeking to politicise them.
  • Filled with endless mumbo-jumbo dialogue and obvious plot twists, it never begins to convince or enthral and is populated by actors who don't know whether to strive for sincerity or just throw in the towel and send the whole thing up.



Example sentences
  • This sample demonstrates how to use a custom sendable form.
  • What if every note you ever took was saveable, searchable and sendable?


Old English sendan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zenden and German senden.

Words that rhyme with send

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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Pronunciation: /send/

noun& verb

Variant spelling of scend.

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