from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cause to be conveyed by an intermediary to a destination.
  • intransitive verb To dispatch, as by a communications medium.
  • intransitive verb To direct to go on a mission.
  • intransitive verb To require or enable to go.
  • intransitive verb To direct (a person) to a source of information; refer.
  • intransitive verb To give off (heat, for example); emit or issue.
  • intransitive verb To utter or otherwise emit (sound).
  • intransitive verb To hit so as to direct or propel with force; drive.
  • intransitive verb To cause to take place or occur.
  • intransitive verb To put or drive into a given state or condition.
  • intransitive verb Slang To transport with delight; carry away.
  • intransitive verb To dispatch someone to do an errand or convey a message.
  • intransitive verb To dispatch a request or order, especially by mail.
  • intransitive verb To transmit a message or messages.
  • idiom (send flying) To cause to be knocked or scattered about with force.
  • idiom (send packing) To dismiss (someone) abruptly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which is or has been sent; a missive or message.
  • noun A messenger; specifically, in some parts of Scotland, one of the messengers sent for the bride at a wedding.
  • noun That which is given, bestowed, or awarded; a gift; a present.
  • noun The impulse of a wave or waves by which a ship is carried bodily.
  • noun Same as scend.
  • To cause to go or pass from one place to another; despatch: as, to send a messenger.
  • To procure the going, carrying, transmission, etc., of; cause to be conveyed or transmitted; forward: as, to send one's compliments or a present; to send tidings.
  • To impel; propel; throw; cast; hurl: as, a gun that sends a ball 2,000 yards.
  • To direct to go and act; appoint; authorize.
  • To cause to come; dispense; deal out; bestow; inflict.
  • To cause to be; grant.
  • To turn; drive.
  • To cause to go forward doing an act indicated by a verb in the present participle: as, to send one packing.
  • To emit: as, flowers send forth fragrance.
  • To convict of crime and imprison.
  • To despatch a missive, message, or messenger; despatch an agent for some purpose.
  • Nautical, to pitch or plunge precipitately into the trough of the sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To dispatch an agent or messenger to convey a message, or to do an errand.
  • intransitive verb (Naut.) To pitch.
  • intransitive verb to request or require by message to come or be brought.
  • noun (Naut.) The impulse of a wave by which a vessel is carried bodily.
  • transitive verb To cause to go in any manner; to dispatch; to commission or direct to go.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English senden, from Old English sendan; see sent- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English senden ("to send"), from Old English sendan ("to send, cause to go"), from Proto-Germanic *sandijanan (“to cause to go”), from *sinþanan (“to go, journey”), from Proto-Indo-European *sent- (“to walk, travel”). Cognate with Dutch zenden ("to send"), Norwegian and Danish sende ("to send"), German senden ("to send"), Old English sand, sond ("a sending, mission, message"), Albanian endem ("I roam around, wander").


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