send ( sends 3rd person present) ( sending present participle) ( sent past tense & past participle )
1 verb When you send someone something, you arrange for it to be taken and delivered to them, for example by post.
Myra Cunningham sent me a note thanking me for dinner... V n n
I sent a copy to the minister for transport... V n to n
He sent a basket of exotic fruit and a card... V n
Sir Denis took one look and sent it back... V n with adv
More than half a million sheep are sent from Britain to Europe for slaughter every year. be V-ed from n
2 verb If you send someone somewhere, you tell them to go there.
Inspector Banbury came up to see her, but she sent him away... V n with adv
...the government's decision to send troops to the region... V n to n
I suggested that he rest, and sent him for an X-ray... V n for n
Reinforcements were being sent from the neighbouring region.. be V-ed from n
3 verb If you send someone to an institution such as a school or a prison, you arrange for them to stay there for a period of time.
It's his parents' choice to send him to a boarding school, rather than a convenient day school... V n to n
4 verb To send a signal means to cause it to go to a place by means of radio waves or electricity.
The transmitters will send a signal automatically to a local base station... V n to n
...in 1989, after a 12-year journey to Neptune, the space probe Voyager sent back pictures of Triton, its moon. V n with adv
5 verb If something sends things or people in a particular direction, it causes them to move in that direction.
The explosion sent shrapnel flying through the sides of cars on the crowded highway... V n -ing
The slight back and forth motion sent a pounding surge of pain into his skull. V n prep
6 verb To send someone or something into a particular state means to cause them to go into or be in that state.
My attempt to fix it sent Lawrence into fits of laughter. V n into n
...before civil war and famine sent the country plunging into anarchy... V n -ing
An obsessive search for our inner selves, far from saving the world, could send us all mad. V n adj
to send someone to Coventry
to send someone packing
pack send away for
send for 2 send down
1 phrasal verb If a student is sent down from their university or college, they are made to leave because they have behaved very badly.
(BRIT) usu passive
She wondered if he had been sent down for gambling. be V-ed P
in AM, use be expelled
2 phrasal verb If someone who is on trial is sent down, they are found guilty and sent to prison.
(BRIT) usu passive
The two rapists were sent down for life in 1983. be V-ed P
in AM, use send up send for
1 phrasal verb If you send for someone, you send them a message asking them to come and see you.
I've sent for the doctor. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you send for something, you write and ask for it to be sent to you.
Send for your free catalogue today. V P n send in
1 phrasal verb If you send in something such as a competition entry or a letter applying for a job, you post it to the organization concerned.
Applicants are asked to send in a CV and a covering letter... V P n (not pron), Also V n P
2 phrasal verb When a government sends in troops or police officers, it orders them to deal with a crisis or problem somewhere.
He has asked the government to send in troops to end the fighting. V P n (not pron), Also V n P send off
1 phrasal verb When you send off a letter or package, you send it somewhere by post.
He sent off copies to various people for them to read and make comments. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
2 phrasal verb If a football player is sent off, the referee makes them leave the field during a game, as a punishment for seriously breaking the rules.
The 30-year-old Scottish international was sent off for arguing with a linesman. be V-ed P
sending-off send off for
send for 2 send on phrasal verb If you send on something you have received, especially a document, you send it to another place or person.
We coordinate the reports from the overseas divisions, and send them on to headquarters in Athens. V n P, Also V P n (not pron) send out
1 phrasal verb If you send out things such as letters or bills, you send them to a large number of people at the same time.
She had sent out well over four hundred invitations that afternoon. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
2 phrasal verb To send out a signal, sound, light, or heat means to produce it.
The crew did not send out any distress signals... V P n (not pron), Also V n P
3 phrasal verb When a plant sends out roots or shoots, they grow.
If you cut your rubber plant back, it should send out new side shoots. V P n (not pron), Also V n P send out for phrasal verb If you send out for food, for example pizzas or sandwiches, you phone and ask for it to be delivered to you.
Let's send out for a pizza and watch The Late Show. V P P n send up
1 phrasal verb If you send someone or something up, you imitate them in an amusing way that makes them appear foolish.
(=make fun of)
You sense he's sending himself up as well as everything else. V n P
...a spoof that sends up the macho world of fighter pilots. V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If someone who is on trial is sent up, they are found guilty and sent to prison. (AM) usu passive If I'm going to be sent up for killing one guy, then I might as well kill three more. be V-ed P in BRIT, use send down
send-off ( send-offs plural ) If a group of people give someone who is going away a send-off, they come together to say goodbye to them.
INFORMAL n-count usu adj N
All the people in the buildings came to give me a rousing send-off.
send-up ( send-ups plural ) A send-up is a piece of writing or acting in which someone or something is imitated in an amusing way that makes them appear foolish.
INFORMAL n-count usu sing, oft N of n
...his classic send-up of sixties rock, `Get Crazy'.