see also: SEND
Pronunciation Verb

send (sends, present participle sending; past and past participle sent)

  1. (transitive) To make something (such as an object or message) go from one place to another.
    Every day at two o'clock, he sends his secretary out to buy him a coffee.
    to send a message, or a letter
  2. (slang) To excite, delight, or thrill (someone).
    • 1947, Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Clarke, Irwin & Co., page 183,
      The train had an excellent whistle which sent me, just as Sinatra sends the bobby-sockers.
    • 1957, Sam Cooke, "You Send Me",
      Darling you send me / I know you send me
    • 1991, P.M. Dawn, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss",
      Baby you send me.
  3. To bring to a certain condition.
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 9
      “I suppose,” blurted Clara suddenly, “she wants a man.”
      The other two were silent for a few moments.
      “But it’s the loneliness sends her cracked,” said Paul.
  4. (intransitive) To dispatch an agent or messenger to convey a message, or to do an errand.
    • Bible, 2 Kings vi. 32
      See ye how this son of a murderer hath sent to take away my head?
    Seeing how ill she was, we sent for a doctor at once.
  5. To cause to be or to happen; to bestow; to inflict; to grant; sometimes followed by a dependent proposition.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      God send him well!
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy28 20: ↗:
      The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke.
    • 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:
  6. (nautical) To pitch.
    • The ship sends forward so violently as to endanger her masts.
  7. (climbing, transitive) To make a successful free ascent (i.e. not relying on gear) of a sport climbing route.
    She finally sent the 12a after hours of failed attempts.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

send (plural sends)

  1. (telecommunications) An operation in which data is transmitted.
  2. (nautical) Alternative form of scend
    • the send of the sea
  3. (Scotland) A messenger, especially one sent to fetch the bride.


send (uncountable)

  1. (UK, education) Acronym of special educational needs and disability

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