A person sends a letter.
An example of send is to mail a letter.
transitive verbsent, send′ing
- to cause to go or be carried; dispatch, convey, or transmit
- to dispatch, convey, or transmit (a letter, message, etc.) by mail, radio, etc.
- to ask, direct, or command to go: send the boy home
- to arrange for the going of; enable to go or attend: to send one's son to college
- to cause or force to move, as by releasing, hitting, discharging, throwing, etc.: he sent the ball over the fence
- to bring or drive into some state or condition: sent him to his ruin
- to cause to happen, come, etc.; give: a misfortune sent by the gods
- Slang to make very excited or exhilarated; thrill
Origin of sendMiddle English senden from Old English sendan, akin to German senden, Gothic sandjan, causative formation, “to cause to go” from Indo-European base an unverified form sent-, to go, find out, discover from source Classical Latin sentire, to feel, sense, Old Irish s?t, way
- to send a message, messenger, emissary, etc.: to send for help
- to transmit, as by radio
- to dismiss or cause to depart hurriedly
- to stagger or repel, as with a blow
- to put to flight; rout
- to scatter abruptly in all directions
- to ask for the arrival of; summon
- to place an order for; make a request for delivery of
- to dispatch, hand in, or send to a central point or to one receiving
- to put (a player) into a game or contest
- to mail or dispatch (a letter, gift, etc.)
- to dismiss
- to give a send-off to
- to dispatch, distribute, issue, mail, etc. from a central point
- to send forth
- to send someone on an errand (for something)
send out for
- to cause to rise, climb, or go up
- Informal to sentence to prison
- Brit., Informal to make seem ridiculous, esp. by parody
- the driving motion of a wave or the sea
Origin of sendprobably from send, but influenced, influence by ascend
- to be plunged forward, as by a wave
verbsent, send·ing, sends
- To cause to be conveyed by an intermediary to a destination: send goods by plane.
- To dispatch, as by a communications medium: send a message by radio.
- a. To direct to go on a mission: sent troops into the Middle East.b. To require or enable to go: sent her children to college.c. To direct (a person) to a source of information; refer: sent the student to the reference section of the library.
- a. To give off (heat, for example); emit or issue: a stove that sends forth great warmth.b. To utter or otherwise emit (sound): sent forth a cry of pain.
- To hit so as to direct or propel with force; drive: The batter sent the ball to left field. The slap on my back sent me staggering.
- To cause to take place or occur: We will meet whatever vicissitudes fate may send.
- a. To put or drive into a given state or condition: horrifying news that sent them into a panic.b. Slang To transport with delight; carry away: That music really sends me.
- To dispatch someone to do an errand or convey a message: Let's send out for hamburgers.
- To dispatch a request or order, especially by mail: send away for a new catalogue.
- To transmit a message or messages: The radio operator was still sending when the ship went down.
Origin of sendMiddle English senden from Old English sendan ; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sends, present participle sending, simple past and past participle sent)
- 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
- (slang, dated) To excite, delight, or thrill (someone).
- To bring to a certain condition
- (intransitive) To dispatch an agent or messenger to convey a message, or to do an errand.
- Seeing how ill she was, we sent for a doctor at once.
- To cause to be or to happen; to bestow; to inflict; to grant; sometimes followed by a dependent proposition.
- (nautical) To pitch.
From Middle English senden (“to send"), from Old English sendan (“to send, cause to go"), from Proto-Germanic *sandijanÄ… (“to cause to go"), from *sinÃ¾anÄ… (“to go, journey"), from Proto-Indo-European *sent- (“to walk, travel"). Cognate with Dutch zenden (“to send"), Norwegian and Danish sende (“to send"), German senden (“to send"), Old English sand, sond (“a sending, mission, message"), Albanian endem (“I roam around, wander").