send - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlesending
past tensesent
past participlesent
  1. 1
    to post a letter or parcel to someone

    I sent the letters yesterday, so they should arrive today.

    send someone something:

    I’ll send you a copy of the report.

    send something to someone:

    I forgot to send a birthday card to Amy.

    send something by post/mail/airmail etc:

    I think it’s too heavy to send by airmail.

    1. a.
      to arrange for something to be taken to a place
      send something to something:

      The government is sending food supplies to the stricken island.

    2. b.
      to arrange for a shop or organization to deliver something to a person or place

      I must remember to send Helen some flowers for her birthday.

      send someone something:

      He sent me a lovely bouquet.

      send something to someone/something:

      You can have the books sent direct to your home.

    3. c.
      to arrange for a message to be delivered to a person by email

      I’ll send you an email with all the details.

      Did you get that message I sent you?

  2. 2
    to put soldiers or military equipment in a place, especially because there is a war

    Two navy warships have been sent to the area.

    Last week, their government sent 30 fighter jets.

    Once again young men are being sent into battle.

    1. a.
      to arrange for someone to go to a place to do a job

      The company has promised to send an engineer tomorrow.

      send someone to do something:

      Britain has sent a team of doctors to help with the rescue efforts.

      send someone to something:

      Each country will send two delegates to the conference.

    2. b.
      to force someone to go somewhere using an official order

      Opponents of the regime are either killed or sent into exile.

      Most of the refugees will be sent back home.

    3. c.
      to make arrangements for someone to go to a place to study

      When she was twelve, her parents sent her to school in Oxford.

      His parents couldn’t afford to send him to university.

  3. 3
    to make someone move or fall suddenly
    send someone flying/rolling/tumbling etc:

    A fire in the casino sent people fleeing for safety.

    1. a.
      to make something fall or move suddenly through the air

      A careless step sent rocks tumbling down on the climbers below.

  4. 5
    to allow a substance such as smoke or something made by a chemical process to escape into the atmosphere
    send something out/up:

    Forest fires sent up smoke for miles around.

  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    in Malaysian English, to take someone somewhere

    Can you send me to the airport?

    Submitted on 11/07/2015
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