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[send] /sɛnd/
verb (used with object), sent, sending.
to cause, permit, or enable to go:
to send a messenger; They sent their son to college.
to cause to be conveyed or transmitted to a destination:
to send a letter.
to order, direct, compel, or force to go:
The president sent troops to Asia.
to direct, propel, or deliver to a particular point, position, condition, or direction:
to send a punch to the jaw; The punch sent the fighter reeling.
to emit, discharge, or utter (usually followed by off, out, or through):
The lion sent a roar through the jungle.
to cause to occur or befall:
The people beseeched Heaven to send peace to their war-torn village.
  1. to transmit (a signal).
  2. to transmit (an electromagnetic wave or the like) in the form of pulses.
Slang. to delight or excite:
Frank Sinatra's records used to send her.
verb (used without object), sent, sending.
to dispatch a messenger, agent, message, etc.
Electricity. to transmit a signal:
The ship's radio sends on a special band of frequencies.
Verb phrases
send down, British. to expel, especially from Oxford or Cambridge.
send for, to request the coming or delivery of; summon:
If her temperature goes up, send for the doctor.
send forth,
  1. to produce; bear; yield:
    plants sending forth new leaves.
  2. to dispatch out of a country as an export.
  3. to issue, as a publication:
    They have sent forth a report to the stockholders.
  4. to emit or discharge:
    The flowers sent forth a sweet odor.
send in, to cause to be dispatched or delivered to a destination:
Send in your contest entries to this station.
send off, to cause to depart or to be conveyed from oneself; dispatch; dismiss:
His teacher sent him off to the principal's office.
send out,
  1. to distribute; issue.
  2. to send on the way; dispatch:
    They sent out their final shipment last week.
  3. to order delivery:
    We sent out for coffee.
send up,
  1. to release or cause to go upward; let out.
  2. Informal. to sentence or send to prison:
    He was convicted and sent up for life.
  3. to expose the flaws or foibles of through parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, or other forms of satire:
    The new movie sends up merchants who commercialize Christmas.
send packing, to dismiss curtly; send away in disgrace:
The cashier was stealing, so we sent him packing.
send round, to circulate or dispatch widely:
Word was sent round about his illness.
Origin of send1
before 900; Middle English senden, Old English sendan; cognate with German senden, Gothic sandjan (causative) < Germanic base *sinth-, *santh- go, whence Old English sīth journey, sand message, messenger
Related forms
sendable, adjective
Can be confused
scend, send.
2. transmit, dispatch, forward. 4. cast, hurl, fling, project.
1. receive. Unabridged
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  • He's got a big list of names, and can send out letters to the people that count.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • But we need not anticipate evil: that is to send out for the suffering.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • I can't say whether they'd send out a general alarm on my report.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • I telephoned to the police there, just after you left, and they said they'd send out a posse.

  • They are helping to send out others, perhaps; but are they giving their own?

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for send out


verb sends, sending, sent
(transitive) to cause or order (a person or thing) to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place: to send a letter, she sent the salesman away
when intr, foll by (when transitive, takes an infinitive) for;. to dispatch a request or command (for something or to do something): he sent for a bottle of wine, he sent to his son to come home
(transitive) to direct or cause to go to a place or point: his blow sent the champion to the floor
(transitive) to bring to a state or condition: this noise will send me mad
(transitive; often foll by forth, out, etc) to cause to issue; emit: his cooking sent forth a lovely smell from the kitchen
(transitive) to cause to happen or come: misery sent by fate
to transmit (a message) by radio, esp in the form of pulses
(transitive) (slang) to move to excitement or rapture: this music really sends me
send someone about his business, to dismiss or get rid of someone
send someone packing, to dismiss or get rid of (someone) peremptorily
another word for swash (sense 4)
Derived Forms
sendable, adjective
sender, noun
Word Origin
Old English sendan; related to Old Norse senda, Gothic sandjan, Old High German senten


verb, noun sends, sending, sent
a variant spelling of scend
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Word Origin and History for send out



Old English sendan "send, send forth; throw, impel," from Proto-Germanic *sandijan (cf. Old Saxon sendian, Old Norse and Old Frisian senda, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch senden, Dutch zenden, German senden, Gothic sandjan), causative form of base *sinþan, denoting "go, journey" (source of Old English sið "way, journey," Old Norse sinn, Gothic sinþs "going, walk, time"), from PIE root *sent- "to head for, go" (cf. Lithuanian siusti "send;" see sense (n.)).

Also used in Old English of divine ordinance (e.g. godsend, from Old English sand "messenger, message," from Proto-Germanic *sandaz "that which is sent"). Slang sense of "to transport with emotion, delight" is recorded from 1932, in American English jazz slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for send out



To arouse keen admiration, esp as an ecstatic response; excite; TURN someone ON: Bessie Smith really sent him (1932+ Jazz talk)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with send out

send out

Issue or dispatch, as in We sent out the wedding invitations last month, or When did you send out that message? [ c. 1400 ]
send out for. Order a delivery of something, as in Every Wednesday we send out for Chinese food.
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