American English

Definition of send verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they send
    he / she / it sends
    past simple sent
    -ing form sending
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    by mail/radio
  1. 1to make something go or be taken to a place, especially by mail, e-mail, radio, etc. send something to send a letter/package/check/fax/an e-mail She sent the letter by airmail. to send something by mail send something to somebody A radio signal was sent to the spacecraft. The CD player was defective so we sent it back to the manufacturers. Have you sent a postcard to your mother yet? send somebody something Have you sent your mother a postcard yet? I'll send you a text message.
  2. message
  3. 2to tell someone something by sending them a message send something My parents send their love. send something to somebody What sort of message is that sending to young people? send somebody something He sent me word to come. send something (that)… She sent word(that) she could not come.
  4. someone somewhere
  5. 3to tell someone to go somewhere or to do something; to arrange for someone to go somewhere send somebody Ed couldn't make it so they sent me instead. send somebody + adv./prep. She sent the kids to bed early. to send someone to prison/boarding school We are being sent on a training course next month. send somebody to do something I sent Tom to buy some milk.
  6. make something move quickly
  7. 4to make something or someone move quickly or suddenly send something/somebody doing something Every step he took sent the pain shooting up his leg. The punch sent him flying. send something/somebody + adv./prep. The report sent share prices down a further 50 cents.
  8. make someone react
  9. 5to make someone behave or react in a particular way send somebody to something Her music always sends me to sleep. send somebody into something Her account of the visit sent us into fits of laughter.
  10. Idioms
    give/send my love to somebody (informal)
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    used to send good wishes to someone Give my love to Mary when you see her. Bob sends his love.
    send somebody packing (informal)
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    to tell someone firmly or rudely to go away She tried to interfere but I sent her packing.
    Phrasal Verbssend away (to somebody) (for something)send for somebodysend for somethingsend somebody forthsend forth somethingsend somebodyinsend somethinginsend off (for something)send somethingoffsend somethingonsend somethingoutsend out for somethingsend somebody/somethingupsend somebodyup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: send