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

Nearby words

  1. senator,
  2. senatorial,
  3. senatorial courtesy,
  4. senatorial district,
  5. senatus consultum,
  6. send away,
  7. send down,
  8. send flying,
  9. send for,
  10. send in


    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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for send in



verb sends, sending or sent

(tr) to cause or order (a person or thing) to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another placeto send a letter; she sent the salesman away
(when intr, foll by for;; when tr, takes an infinitive) 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
(tr) to direct or cause to go to a place or pointhis blow sent the champion to the floor
(tr) to bring to a state or conditionthis noise will send me mad
(tr; often foll by forth, out, etc) to cause to issue; emithis cooking sent forth a lovely smell from the kitchen
(tr) to cause to happen or comemisery sent by fate
to transmit (a message) by radio, esp in the form of pulses
(tr) slang to move to excitement or rapturethis 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 (def. 4)

Derived Formssendable, adjectivesender, noun

Word Origin for send

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



verb, noun sends, sending or sent

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



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 in

send in


Cause to be dispatched or delivered, as in Let's send in a letter of protest to the hiring committee. [Early 1700s]


Cause someone to become involved in a particular undertaking, as in This disagreement is serious; it's time to send in the lawyers, or In the final few minutes the coach sent in Richard on right wing. [Mid-1800s]

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