Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To cause to be conveyed by an intermediary to a destination: send goods by plane.
  • transitive v. To dispatch, as by a communications medium: send a message by radio.
  • transitive v. To direct to go on a mission: sent troops into the Middle East.
  • transitive v. To require or enable to go: sent her children to college.
  • transitive v. To direct (a person) to a source of information; refer: sent the student to the reference section of the library.
  • transitive v. To give off (heat, for example); emit or issue: a stove that sends forth great warmth.
  • transitive v. To utter or otherwise emit (sound): sent forth a cry of pain.
  • transitive v. To hit so as to direct or propel with force; drive: The batter sent the ball to left field. The slap on my back sent me staggering.
  • transitive v. To cause to take place or occur: We will meet whatever vicissitudes fate may send.
  • transitive v. To put or drive into a given state or condition: horrifying news that sent them into a panic.
  • transitive v. Slang To transport with delight; carry away: That music really sends me.
  • intransitive v. To dispatch someone to do an errand or convey a message: Let's send out for hamburgers.
  • intransitive v. To dispatch a request or order, especially by mail: send away for a new catalogue.
  • intransitive v. To transmit a message or messages: The radio operator was still sending when the ship went down.
  • send down Chiefly British To suspend or dismiss from a university.
  • send for To request to come by means of a message or messenger; summon.
  • send in To cause to arrive or to be delivered to the recipient: Let's send in a letter of protest.
  • send in Sports To put (a player) into or back into a game or contest: The coach is sending in the kicker.
  • send in To cause (someone) to arrive in or become involved in a particular place or situation: The commander sent in the sappers. It's time to send in the lawyers.
  • send off Sports To eject (a player), as from a soccer game, especially for a flagrant violation of the rules.
  • send up Informal To send to jail: was sent up for 20 years.
  • send up Informal To make a parody of: "grandiloquently eccentric but witty verbiage . . . that would send up the nastiness of suburban London” ( New York).
  • idiom send flying Informal To cause to be knocked or scattered about with force: a blow to the table that sent the dishes flying.
  • idiom send packing To dismiss (someone) abruptly.
  • v. Nautical Variant of scend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make something (such as an object or message) go from one place to another.
  • v. To excite, delight, or thrill (someone).
  • n. An operation in which data is transmitted.
  • n. Alternative form of scend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The impulse of a wave by which a vessel is carried bodily.
  • intransitive v. To dispatch an agent or messenger to convey a message, or to do an errand.
  • intransitive v. To pitch.
  • transitive v. To cause to go in any manner; to dispatch; to commission or direct to go.
  • transitive v. To give motion to; to cause to be borne or carried; to procure the going, transmission, or delivery of.
  • transitive v. To emit; to impel; to cast; to throw; to hurl.
  • transitive v. To cause to be or to happen; to bestow; to inflict; to grant; -- sometimes followed by a dependent proposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. That which is or has been sent; a missive or message.
  • n. A messenger; specifically, in some parts of Scotland, one of the messengers sent for the bride at a wedding.
  • n. That which is given, bestowed, or awarded; a gift; a present.
  • n. The impulse of a wave or waves by which a ship is carried bodily.
  • n. Same as scend.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to go somewhere
  • v. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
  • v. assign to a station
  • v. cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
  • v. transfer
  • v. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
  • v. transport commercially
  • v. to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place

Etymologies

Middle English senden, from Old English sendan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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