Definition of send verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//send//
    ; NAmE NAmE//send//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they send
    BrE BrE//send//
    ; NAmE NAmE//send//
    he / she / it sends
    BrE BrE//sendz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sendz//
    past simple sent
    BrE BrE//sent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sent//
    past participle sent
    BrE BrE//sent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sent//
    -ing form sending
    BrE BrE//ˈsendɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsendɪŋ//
    Email, Radio broadcasting
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    by mail/radio
  1. 1  to make something go or be taken to a place, especially by post/mail, email, radio, etc. send something to send a letter/package/cheque/fax/email She sent the letter by airmail. (British English) to send something by post (North American English) to send something by mail send something to somebody A radio signal was sent to the spacecraft. The CD player was faulty 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. See related entries: Email, Radio broadcasting
  2. message
  3. 2  to tell somebody 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. send to do something (formal) She sent to say that she was coming home.
  4. somebody somewhere
  5. 3  to tell somebody to go somewhere or to do something; to arrange for somebody 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 somebody to prison/boarding school We are being sent on a training course next month. send somebody to do something I've sent Tom to buy some milk.
  6. make something move quickly
  7. 4to make something/somebody 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 8p.
  8. make somebody react
  9. 5to make somebody 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. send somebody + adj. All the publicity nearly sent him crazy. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet.
  10. Word OriginOld English sendan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zenden and German senden.Extra examples Ed couldn’t make it so they sent me instead. I’ve just got to send this email and I’ll be with you. I’ve sent Tom to buy some milk. My parents send their love. Send it by mail. She sent word that she could not come. The judge sent her to prison for two years. What sort of message is the irresponsible behaviour of these celebrities sending to young people?Idioms
    give/send my love to somebody
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    (informal) used to send good wishes to somebody Give my love to Mary when you see her. Bob sends his love.
    (informal) to tell somebody firmly or rudely to go away She tried to interfere but I sent her packing.
    these things are sent to try us
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    (saying) used to say that you should accept an unpleasant situation or event because you cannot change it
    Phrasal Verbssend away (to somebody) (for something)send somebodydownsend for somebodysend for somethingsend somebody forthsend forth somethingsend somebodyinsend somethinginsend off (for something)send somebodyoffsend somethingoffsend somethingonsend somethingoutsend out for somethingsend up somebodysend somebodyup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: send