send

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[ send ]
/ sɛnd /

verb (used with object), sent, send·ing.

verb (used without object), sent, send·ing.

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

Idioms

    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 send

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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 formssend·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedscend send
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British Dictionary definitions for send for (1 of 2)

send

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/ (sɛnd) /

verb sends, sending or sent

noun

another word for swash (def. 4)
Derived Formssendable, adjectivesender, noun

Word Origin for send

Old English sendan; related to Old Norse senda, Gothic sandjan, Old High German senten

British Dictionary definitions for send for (2 of 2)

send

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/ (sɛnd) /

verb, noun sends, sending or sent

a variant spelling of scend
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Word Origin and History for send for

send


v.

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

Idioms and Phrases with send for

send for


1

Summon someone, request that someone come, as in She sent for all the children when their father lay dying. [Late 1500s]

2

Order a delivery of something, as in The king sent for a bottle of wine. Also see send away, def. 2; send out, def. 2.

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