Language: Old English
Origin: sendan


Related topics: Computers
send S1 W1 past tense and past participle sent

by post etc

[transitive] to arrange for something to go or be taken to another place, especially by post:
Lyn sent some pictures from the wedding.
send somebody something
We sent Mom flowers for Mother's Day.
We sent her a letter of apology.
send something to somebody/something
I'll send a copy to you.
send something back/up/over etc
He ordered coffee to be sent up.
send something by post/sea/air etc
Monday is the last day to send cards by post to arrive by Christmas.

radio/computer etc

[transitive] to make a message, electronic signal etc go somewhere, using radio equipment, computers etc
send somebody something
I sent her an email yesterday.
Radio signals were sent into deep space.

person to place

a) [transitive] to ask or tell someone to go somewhere, especially so that they can do something for you there:
The United Nations is sending troops.
send somebody to something
A police officer was sent to Ryan's home.
send somebody back/away/over/home etc
Many of the refugees were sent back to Vietnam.
When Frank came, I told him I was ill and sent him away.
They sent me down to talk to Mr. Strachan.
Mr Ellison is here. Shall I send him in (=tell him to enter the room)?
send somebody to do something
The U.S. offered to send ships to help in the rescue operation.
b) [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to arrange for someone to go to a place such as a school, prison, or hospital and spend some time there
send somebody to something
I can't afford to send my kid to private school.
He was sent to prison for five years.
send somebody away/off
I was sent away to school at the age of six.
send somebody on something
New employees are sent on a training course.

send (somebody) a message/signal

if something that someone does or says sends a particular message, it has that meaning:
Advertising sends the message that you have to be thin to be successful.

send your love/regards/best wishes etc

spoken to ask someone to give your greetings, good wishes etc to someone else:
Mother sends her love.

cause to move

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to make something move from one place to another
send something through/to/over etc something
The blaze sent smoke over much of the city.

send somebody/something flying/sprawling/reeling etc

to make someone or something move quickly through the air or across something:
The explosion sent glass flying everywhere.


[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to make someone or something start to be in a particular state:
His lectures always send me to sleep.
send somebody/something into something
The tail broke apart, sending the plane into a dive.

send word

formal to tell someone something by sending them a letter or message
send word (to somebody) that/of something
They sent word to the King of their arrival.

send shivers/chills up (and down) your spine

to make you feel very frightened or excited:
The eerie howl of the siren sent chills up her spine.

send somebody packing

informal to tell someone who is not wanted that they must leave at once:
After his four years as governor, the voters sent him packing.

send away for something

phrasal verb
to send a letter to a company or organization asking them to send something to you:
Send away for a free recipe booklet.

send down

phrasal verb

send something ↔ down

to make something lose value:
The company's bad figures sent its share price down.

send somebody down

British English informalSCJ to send someone to prison
send somebody down for
He was sent down for possession of cocaine.

be sent down

British English old-fashionedSEC to be told to leave a university because of bad behaviour

send for somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to ask or order that something be brought or sent to you, especially by writing a letter or by telephone:
Send for your free sample today!
2 old-fashioned to ask or tell someone to come to you by sending them a message:
Charlie said he'd find a place to live and then send for me.
Get back into bed. I'll send for the doctor.

send something/somebody ↔ in

phrasal verb
1TCM to send something, usually by post, to a place where it can be dealt with:
I sent in a few job applications last week.
2 to send soldiers, police etc somewhere to deal with a difficult or dangerous situation:
British troops were sent in as part of the peace-keeping force.

send off

phrasal verb

send something ↔off

TCM to send something somewhere by post:
I sent off the letter this morning.

send off for something

TCM to send a letter to a company or organization asking them to post something to you:
I sent off for a copy of the photograph.

send sb↔ off

British EnglishDS to order a sports player to leave the field because they have broken the rules:
One of Dundee's players was sent off for punching another player.

send something ↔ on

phrasal verb
1 especially British EnglishTCM to send someone's letters or possessions to their new address from their old address [= forward]:
My flatmate said she'd send on all my post.
2 to send something that has been received to another place so that it can be dealt with
send something ↔ on to
The data is then sent on to the Census Bureau.

send out

phrasal verb

send something/somebody ↔ out

to make a person or a group of people or things go from one place to various other places:
Information was sent out to interested students.
Search parties were sent out to look for survivors.

send sth↔ out

to broadcast or produce a signal, light, sound etc:
The ship is sending out an SOS signal.

send out for something

DF to ask a restaurant or food shop to deliver food to you at home or at work:
We sent out for sandwiches.

send something/somebody ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to make something increase in value:
The oil shortage is bound to send prices up.
2 British English informal to make someone or something seem silly by copying them in a funny way:
The film hilariously sends up Hollywood disaster movies.

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