[ send-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsɛndˌɔf, -ˌɒf /


a demonstration of good wishes for a person setting out on a trip, career, or other venture: They gave him a rousing send-off at the pier.
a start given to a person or thing.

Nearby words

  1. send out,
  2. send round,
  3. send someone about his or her business,
  4. send someone packing,
  5. send up,
  6. send-up,
  7. sendai,
  8. sendai virus,
  9. sendak,
  10. sendak, maurice bernard

Origin of send-off

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase send off


[ 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

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 off


/ (sɛnd) /

verb sends, sending or sent


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


/ (sɛnd) /

verb, noun sends, sending or sent

a variant spelling of scend
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Word Origin and History for send off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with send off

send off

see send away, def. 1.

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