Main definitions of send in English

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  • 1[with object] Cause to go or be taken to a particular destination; arrange for the delivery of, especially by post.

    ‘we sent a reminder letter but received no reply’
    [with two objects] ‘he sent her a nice little note’
    • ‘Twenty-three letters were sent by recorded delivery on one day.’
    • ‘I predicted the return of writing letters and sending them by post.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later I was in the Post Office, handing over yet another envelope to be sent by special delivery.’
    • ‘Letters inviting people to vote by post have been sent out by the three main parties in a Southend constituency against official advice.’
    • ‘We said that we would send letters and post cards and call as often as possible.’
    • ‘To return merchandise, pack it carefully (use the original packing material if possible) and send it back to us with a copy of your shipment receipt.’
    • ‘Letters informing parents were sent by first class post yesterday.’
    • ‘A personal identification number is sent by post to your home address.’
    • ‘She sends a birthday card to each of her 86 employees, and if she's in the office, she hand delivers it herself.’
    • ‘A total of 940 surveys were mailed, and reminder cards were sent two weeks later.’
    • ‘A first issue was that the letter had been sent by ordinary post.’
    • ‘A circular letter was then sent by post to all past and present serving members of the Gardai in the Donegal division.’
    • ‘Five months after her transfer, she sent a rambling 15-page handwritten letter to two journalists at the Adelaide Advertiser.’
    • ‘A letter is to be sent to the Post Office and a special meeting of the council is being organised.’
    • ‘Send flowers if you think it is appropriate.’
    • ‘For many people the use of email is now an alternative to sending letters through the post.’
    • ‘Their relationship began 18 months after Myfanwy died, with a low-key old-fashioned courtship; he sent flowers, there were candlelit dinners.’
    • ‘He writes regularly, sometimes sends a little money, and even occasionally telephones.’
    • ‘But the petition was sent to the Post Office too late to influence its decision to shut the branch on April 5.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of the 82 million items posted every day are sent second class.’
    • ‘We'll send letters and post notices exactly as we've done before.’
    dispatch, post, mail, put in the mail, put in the post, address, get off, convey, consign, direct, forward, redirect, send on, remit, airmail
    transmit, convey, communicate
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    1. 1.1Cause (a message or computer file) to be transmitted electronically.
      ‘send your document as a PDF attachment’
      [with two objects] ‘I sent him an email last week’
      • ‘The worm then sends itself to all e-mail addresses it finds in the recipient's files.’
      • ‘He recently sent an e-mail to his former headteacher, talking of how much he was enjoying the experience of studying in America.’
      • ‘I immediately sent the link to everyone I know.’
      • ‘If you are sending work-related files to a personal e-mail account you could be breaking the law.’
      • ‘Pierre sent the Austrian webcam links from his home in Salzburg.’
      • ‘The opportunity to send a text message from the classroom, or use the mobile to call home and complain at the next break is a serious problem.’
      • ‘This application sends an e-mail alert when specified limits are exceeded.’
      • ‘He admitted dangerous driving after sending text messages while driving over 60 mph on a motorway.’
      • ‘It's also important to protect the ministry team by having policies that avoid identity fraud (like sending an email under someone else's email address) and improper Internet use.’
      • ‘Look, guys, stop trying to send attachments, OK?’
      • ‘I use my phone for the most basic things - making calls and sending texts.’
      • ‘A small start-up company based in Silicon Valley has created a system that allows users to send live video feeds directly from their Nokia phones onto the web.’
      • ‘Each year sees an increase in the number of text messages we send.’
      • ‘This morning the entire office was unable to send emails until about 2 pm.’
      • ‘You can also send text messages from your laptop.’
      • ‘This morning the Chief Executive Officer sent out an email imploring everyone to take all possible precautions in the current climate.’
      • ‘If you like what you're reading, send a link to the site to friends, family, and co-workers.’
      • ‘By sending out our Christmas greetings by e-mail, ABP South Wales have been able to make donations to two local charities.’
      • ‘One customer informed us that he was moving to another ISP even though PlusNet hasn't sent him any warning emails.’
      • ‘We work via email mostly - luckily we both have cable/ISDN so sending files is pretty easy.’
    2. 1.2Order or instruct to go to a particular destination or in a particular direction.
      ‘the BBC sent me to Washington to cover the trial’
      • ‘The judge then gave his majority direction and sent the jury away for further deliberations.’
      • ‘Jade Emperor cried, and he summoned Mountain God, ordering him to send mountains to fall upon the dragons.’
      • ‘The principal printed out her entries, made her do corrective work order, and even sent her for counselling.’
      • ‘He's fresh out of jail and he's ready to get serious about sending Hamilton in the direction he thinks is best!’
      • ‘Bong was sent home to instruct others in the art of air combat at Foster Field, Texas.’
      • ‘This was a daunting task as funds had to be raised in order to send the athletes over.’
      • ‘Peaceful will be executed by a firing squad for cowardice because he refused to obey an order that sent the rest of his unit to their deaths.’
      • ‘The Soviet Army initially believed that it was being sent solely to maintain order in the towns while the new regime consolidated.’
      • ‘A unit was sent in the direction of the firing and four men were captured along with a grenade launcher.’
      • ‘They were sent to keep order because there would be two children that would need their help.’
      • ‘He gave us directions and sent us out the door where we caught another taxi.’
      • ‘It constitutes the Church's marching orders, sending believers into all the world to share the Gospel with every person.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the renal unit at MRI this week confirmed they were at breaking point and may have to start refusing treatment, sending people elsewhere in order to treat the most urgent cases.’
      • ‘The United Nations announced yesterday that hundreds of staff in Pakistan and India were ordered to send their families home in the next few days.’
      • ‘We have sent him on some orders for the excellent value recording, copies of which are being snapped up quickly.’
      • ‘It would be very interesting to know the exact timing of the order to send the unarmed planes after Flight 93.’
      • ‘When William heard of his arrival, he sent messengers ordering Count Guy to hand over his prisoner, which was duly done.’
      call, call for, call in, summon, ask to come, request, request the attendance of, request the presence of, order, contact, fetch
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    3. 1.3[no object, with infinitive]Send a message or letter.
      ‘he sent to invite her to supper’
      • ‘Mr. Norton allowed the child to lie ill for a week - indeed to be at death's door - before he sent to inform me.’
      • ‘He was more a man of deeds than of words - he always performed what he promised, and when this had been done, he sent to let the petitioner know that his wishes had been granted.’
    4. 1.4[with object and adverbial of direction]Cause to move sharply or quickly; propel.
      ‘the volcano sent clouds of ash up four miles into the air’
      • ‘Under the influence of sound waves these tiny hairs move, sending impulses along a nerve pathway to the brain for interpretation.’
      • ‘In any kind of breeze they smoke like a forest fire, sending clouds of grey dust over the moored yachts and into harbourside streets.’
      • ‘I was bobbing along in my father-in-law's small yacht with my wife and small baby when we were attacked by a jet-skier who raced at us at high speed before turning sharply, sending a wall of water over us in the boat.’
      • ‘Anna quickly reloaded, sending the next bolt over the fence.’
      • ‘The air became cool with a slight breeze that whispered and moved her cloak, sending wisps of dark hair across her face as they rode.’
      • ‘She managed only to claw the piled ash, sending a cloud into the air.’
      • ‘The blast of high explosive sent a cloud of dust fountaining into the air.’
      • ‘On March 3, an eruption sent a massive cloud of ash into the sky, but there were no injuries or damage.’
      • ‘Mike quickly pushed forward sending random shots toward them as the five of them cleared off.’
      • ‘She crossed the line and hit the brakes, gripping the emergency brake and pulling it up as she spun the wheel sharply to left, sending her car into a spin, the back end sliding out as she came to a stop.’
      • ‘I walked quickly to the train station, my breath sending a cloud of steam in front of me.’
      • ‘He sighed, then sneezed as an unlucky poke of the stick in the fire sent a cloud of smoke into his face.’
      propel, project, send forth, eject, deliver, discharge, spout, fire, shoot, blast, catapult, launch, release, force, push, impel, ram
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    5. 1.5Arrange for someone to go to (an institution) and stay there for a particular purpose.
      ‘many parents prefer to send their children to single-sex schools’
      • ‘Even though he had been sentenced to detention, the authorities did not have to send Joe to prison.’
      • ‘The case was heard at Andover, which has custody facilities, in case the magistrates decided to send Little to prison.’
      • ‘The brutality of ‘Victorian’ responses to otherness is echoed in Walter's bleak experience in the institution he is sent to after the death of his parents.’
      • ‘What they're doing is putting the veterans on Medicare programs and sending them to other institutions.’
      • ‘They could have sent Smith to prison but decided on a curfew and community service.’
      • ‘They've decided to send him to a state institution, where he might have to stay for as long as three months.’
      • ‘Her family was forced to send her to an institution.’
      • ‘And in her case, the most constructive thing to do is send her to a mental institution until she's well.’
      • ‘Instead of sending him to jail, Anse arranges for Darl to be committed to a mental asylum.’
      • ‘Eighteen months earlier she had helped send Coburn to prison as a prosecution witness in an armed robbery case.’
      • ‘That is the way with war crimes such as genocide, the charge which has sent Krstic to prison for the rest of his life.’
      • ‘That's why we gotta send Martha to prison with the common folk.’
      • ‘His parents had faked his death and sent him to a mental institution, but why?’
      • ‘Judge Hoffman said he had considered sending Lewis to prison for four months.’
      • ‘In the absence of a safe mental institution Stephen was sent to Bordelais.’
      • ‘Magistrates sent Harris to a young offenders institution for 90 days.’
      • ‘Swindon JPs heard that he was disqualified for 12 months in October 2002 after being convicted of dangerous driving, and in April last year he had been sent to a young offenders institution for two offences of driving while disqualified.’
      • ‘The judge said he regretted having to send her to prison, but there was no other suitable institution available for her.’
      • ‘The judge was about to tell the jury something that could seal a verdict of first-degree murder and send Valessa to prison for the rest of her life.’
      • ‘The woman has a serious personality disorder, she needs care in a secure unit with the necessary support services, instead she has been sent to an institution for the criminally insane.’
  • 2[with object and complement] Cause to be in a specified state.

    ‘while driving in London I was sent crazy by roadworks’
    • ‘I don't know if a life of reading books sends you crazy and socially awkward or whether being crazy and socially awkward makes you devote your life to reading, but no doubt there is a book somewhere in here that will tell me.’
    • ‘She supposed he might have put on a bit more muscle, sending the girls even crazier.’
    • ‘I think this sudden heatwave is sending me kinda crazy.’
    • ‘But they don't send themselves crazy realising it, because they never asked themselves why.’
    • ‘People weren't generally allowed to work at the Workshop for more than three months at a time. They thought it would send people crazy.’
    • ‘The whispers in the walls were sending me slowly crazy, and the constant whirring of my empty mind made me feel dizzy.’
    make, drive, cause to be, cause to become
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    1. 2.1informal [with object]Affect with powerful emotion; put into ecstasy.
      ‘it's the spectacle and music that send us, not the words’
      • ‘Another neighbour said the murders had sent a wave of emotion through the tight-knit community.’
      • ‘A word of praise from the shop girl sends a flare of ecstasy over her face.’
      • ‘The tape was my first exposure to this music, and it sent a visceral thrill through me.’
      • ‘When not drinking kava, the islanders grow coffee, the kind that sends coffee buyers into ecstasies.’
      • ‘The enchanting vivaciousness his women exude could send any man into ecstasy.’
      excite, stimulate, move, rouse, stir, thrill, electrify, intoxicate, enrapture, enthral, grip, ravish, charm, delight, give pleasure to, titillate
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  • send someone flying

    • Cause someone to be knocked violently off balance or to the ground.

      ‘the recoil of the gun sent him flying’
      • ‘He fought with her for the gun and sent her flying into a bedpost where she was knocked out.’
      • ‘The jolt from the direct hit sent him flying out of his seat and across the cockpit.’
      • ‘Michael again easily avoided the blow and gave a sharp tug on the arm sending James flying to the ground.’
      • ‘It sent her flying to the ground and almost knocked her unconscious.’
      • ‘With a swipe of his arm that contained more power than I thought possible he knocked me back and sent me flying into the crowd behind me.’
      • ‘We'd gone a little way, and I was looking out for a good place to stop when, with no warning at all, the bike took a sharp twist sideways sending us flying to the ground.’
      • ‘A Crimestoppers appeal in the Evening Press trapped the thief who snatched a 74-year-old man's savings and sent him flying to the ground.’
      • ‘What if the car knocked him full off the bike and sent him flying?’
      • ‘After a while of walking I hit something that sent me flying to the ground.’
      • ‘It knocked him back, sending him flying into the corner of the table.’
  • send someone packing

    • Make someone leave in an abrupt or peremptory way.

      ‘the intrusive outsider is humiliated by the kids and sent packing by the mother’
      • ‘The driver learnt his lesson and whenever ticketless passengers tried to board later in the journey he sent them packing and drove off without them.’
      • ‘Club chiefs denied that Jeffs had been sent packing for disciplinary reasons - though they did admit his behaviour had not been perfect.’
      • ‘And if they don't shape up, you will do all you can to send them packing.’
      • ‘The pensioners sent them packing with a threat to call the police.’
      • ‘I can send them packing but I have elderly neighbours who may not be able to do that so easily.’
      • ‘If someone can't deal honestly with you, send them packing.’
      • ‘Fortunately, they and I realized I wasn't ready to settle down and they sent me packing.’
      • ‘His side's attitude must be right or they will be sent packing.’
      • ‘The judge bought the excuse though and sent him packing with nothing but a warning.’
      • ‘When we were bored, I would take my gang along to dad's shop, play with his vast selection of nails and knives and generally bother him until he sent us packing.’
      expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid of
      dismiss, discharge
      chuck out, kick out, boot out, defenestrate, show the door to, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, sack, fire, give someone the boot, axe
      give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big e, bin off, turf out
      give someone the air, give someone the bum's rush
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  • send someone to coventry

    • Refuse to associate with or speak to someone.

      ‘some people ignore and send to Coventry individuals they disapprove of’
      • ‘He is a man who would send you to Coventry for five days if you made a remark about Stalin.’
      • ‘You don't necessarily have to send them to Coventry, you don't have to physically remove themselves from yourself.’
      • ‘She was secretly filmed by colleagues, who then sent her to Coventry during a campaign of victimisation.’
      • ‘He's obviously intrigued but trying hard not to sound too keen in case the other fogeys at the paper send him to Coventry.’
      • ‘Jesse apologised to me for lying to me and I apologised to him for having sent him to Coventry for two days.’
      avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, leave alone, not touch
      ostracize, exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, boycott, blackball, blacklist, cast off, cast out, shut out, avoid, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold, bar, ban, debar, banish, exile, expel
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    • ostracize, exclude, shun, spurn, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder, reject, repudiate, boycott, blackball, blacklist, cast off, cast out, shut out, avoid, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold, bar, ban, debar, banish, exile, expel
      freeze out, hand someone the frozen mitt
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  • send someone to the showers

    • Send off or eject someone from a match, race, or contest.

      • ‘Wayne Bremser - he of the Matthew Barney vs Donkey Kong fame - sends me to the showers thus.’
      • ‘More likely than not, they will be sent to the showers early and rise up again - that ‘survivalist-at-all-costs’ strain of thinking always rises after a fall - at some other point in the near future.’
      • ‘A loud chorus of boos rained down on Guinn in rounds 8,9 and 10 for his inability send Banks to the showers early.’
      • ‘Plate umpire Bill Miller and second base umpire Joe West noticed what they were doing and sent Day to the showers for violating rule 8.02 that prohibits a pitcher from putting a foreign substance on his fingers.’
      • ‘He works the team for an hour or so, then sends them to the showers.’
  • send word

    • Send a message.

      ‘he sent word that he was busy’
      • ‘But shortly afterwards, Jeremie sent word that he was willing to hold his hand on the executions of the four, but not the entire death row population.’
      • ‘Couvreur sent word of the human barricade to a local radio station.’
      • ‘One day, he sent word from his ship that he would be coming ashore at Larry's River the next day, and word spread among the communities around the Bay.’
      • ‘When they reported he wasn't there, he sent word that he was.’
      • ‘They sent word that the Public Relations unit of the State Government would have all the required details.’
      • ‘They sent word that the soldiers were looking for me.’
      • ‘Some time later, Dad sent word via the neighborhood grapevine that it was time for me to return to the scene of the crime.’
      • ‘The accused, however, were not present: they sent word through their lawyers that they were protesting the OTP's failure to present some materials to them as the bench had ordered.’
      • ‘We have a strong alliance with them and if they were ever in need they would send word, but no such message has been received.’
      • ‘They sent word to Kerr privately to ask him to explain himself.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • send away for

    • Order or request that (something) be sent to one.

      ‘you can send away for the recipe’
      • ‘So, I sent away for it and, shortly afterwards, I received my free Easyweigh.’
      • ‘In addition to the three free recipes in the booklet, the consumer can send away for a free recipe swatch containing 16 more recipes and information on Irish beef.’
      • ‘A few years ago, armed with a few extra bucks from my quarterly student loan dispersement, I sent away for an exciting new book that appeared to be the answer to all of my questions about how the West sees herbal medicines.’
      • ‘Rowena immediately recognized it as the Chow Hall apron her sister had sent away for.’
      • ‘Do you go to your dentist (a few hundred dollars), or send away for the $39 kit advertised on late night TV?’
      • ‘I knew that you folks were on tenterhooks about the new black sport coat I sent away for, and yes, as promised, I did have an excellent opportunity to give it its first live-fire exercise Tuesday night.’
      • ‘I really wasn't such a Johnny Ace fan but I felt bad all the same, so I sent away for his picture.’
      • ‘The remarking process can cost up to £52 per pupil and, despite sending away for the remarks, many of the students are still waiting for their new grade.’
      • ‘My mother sent away for every free toy or book available.’
      • ‘The class sent away for a fundraising pack and received information and ideas as to how they could raise E1,000.’
  • send someone down

    • 1Expel a student from a university.

      • ‘It's true, I say absolutely nothing insulting nor talk back to the teachers and they send me down.’
      • ‘A myth surrounding the vessels states that if a student drank all the beer held in one, he would be sent down.’
      • ‘Some have won fully paid scholarships to colleges and Universities and when they get there, they are sent down because the fraud that they perpetuated on themselves and others has now caught up with themselves.’
      expel, exclude
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    • 2Sentence someone to imprisonment.

      ‘you're going to get sent down for possessing drugs’
      • ‘In 1992 he was sent up for murder and racketeering.’
      • ‘The courts were directed to adopt a strict ‘two counts and you're out’ policy, and he was sent down.’
      • ‘If they can do it for jury duty which can have the power to send someone down for life (or to the table in some US states), then maybe political seats by random lot might not be so strange.’
      • ‘Other prisoners were quite supportive - though they found it strange that someone had been sent down for a political campaign.’
      • ‘He appeared to cement his reputation as a criminal sociopath when he openly laughed as he was sent down for life by the Special Criminal Court in July 1999 for the victim's death.’
      • ‘On his third arrest he was sent down for 11 months.’
      • ‘Ricky and Des were sent down because they refused to come to a deal and plead guilty when they knew they were innocent.’
      • ‘This was before she was sent up to prison, Upstate New York.’
      • ‘An active member of the Communist Party, he was sent down for his involvement in industrial action by dockyard workers.’
      • ‘Because with that amount of cocaine, they'll send him down for at least 4 years.’
      send to prison, sentence to imprisonment, imprison, jail, incarcerate, lock up, confine, detain, intern, immure
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  • send something down

    • Bowl a ball or an over.

      ‘Bainbridge sent down 25 overs and finished with 5 for 44’
      • ‘The fastest spell in history, incidentally, flew off the bat as quick as it was sent down, bringing figures of no wickets for 28 off four overs.’
      • ‘Just 70 overs were sent down in the six premier division games leaving all 12 teams to take nine points.’
  • send for

    • 1Order or instruct (someone) to come to one; summon.

      ‘if you don't go I shall send for the police’
      • ‘The doctor nodded ‘Shall I send for Jim and Jack to return her to her quarters?’’
      • ‘In a few days I will send for you again with instructions on your first assignment.’
      • ‘We shall stand watch out here until you send for us.’
      • ‘Since he told me to invite guests, I had to send for various prominent people so he could demonstrate techniques before them.’
      • ‘Niko's wounds would heal quickly enough and I instructed the Captain to send for the physician in the morning.’
      • ‘‘I shall be sending for you and we shall marry and live together in France,’ he told me.’
      • ‘That's why I ask you to wait until tomorrow to send for the police.’
      • ‘Iokaste sends for Oedipus and instructs the Corinthian to inform him of the news.’
      • ‘I shall send for a female companion to teach you about these things.’
      • ‘Servants shall wait on you while I send for your companions.’
      call, call for, call in, summon, ask to come, request, request the attendance of, request the presence of, order, contact, fetch
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      1. 1.1Order by post.
        ‘send for our mail order catalogue’
        • ‘On May 28, 1915 Gandhi assured VOC: ‘I shall now send for the book subscribed in Natal.’’
        • ‘I sent for a copy and when I glanced through it, I thought it was really great.’
        • ‘Have you been invited to send for a TV for only £33.49?’
        • ‘In order to do this effectively it may be given powers equivalent to those of the High Court to summon witnesses, send for documents, administer oaths, etc.’
        • ‘We phoned a place in Toronto to send for replacement instruments, but made the mistake of telling them they'd probably been stolen.’
        • ‘Athena Review, journal of archaeology, history and exploration, invites you to send for more information on a free issue.’
        • ‘Go to, look over their instruction sheets, & send for a copy of their catalog.’
  • send something in

    • Submit material to be considered for a competition or possible publication.

      ‘don't forget to send in your entries for our summer competition’
      • ‘The Supporters' Trust has also appealed for fans who made pledges at the public meeting at Valley Parade last Thursday to send their money in as soon as possible.’
      • ‘But she accepted that was still not enough and that the Department was still urging people to send their forms in as soon as possible.’
      • ‘So please complete the form and send it in as soon as possible.’
      • ‘My advice to anyone planning to come would be to send their forms in as soon as possible - it looks likely that we'll be fully booked out.’
      • ‘There are a few sponsorship cards outstanding and people are asked to send them in as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘Coincidentally, this week's is probably the best so far, and it happens to be a week when I forgot to send a post in.’
      • ‘Please be sure as an angler your submission on this final proposal is sent in on time.’
      • ‘Don't forget to send your votes in for the man of the match, as these votes decide who wins the Evening Press-sponsored Player of the Month award.’
      • ‘You should complete it and send it in as soon as possible.’
      • ‘You fill out a voter registration card and send it in.’
  • send off for

    • Order or request that (something) be sent to one.

      ‘I sent off for a handy pack of cards containing useful facts’
  • send someone off

    • 1Instruct someone to go; arrange for someone's departure.

      ‘she sent him off to a lecturing engagement’
      • ‘Alas now if he posted such extracts someone would probably complain that they were commercial posts and send him off to stand in a corner like some naughty little boy.’
      • ‘After which they can pump up the girl, give her instructions, and send her off to ‘avenge’.’
      • ‘Some men from the village chose the four to go with me, arranged all of it and sent us off.’
      • ‘I better send James off to exchange them for more lightweight paper…’
      • ‘We knew, of course, that my marriage would be arranged and that I would bring the family honor when I was sent off to be married.’
      1. 1.1(of a referee, especially in soccer or rugby) order a player to leave the field and take no further part in the game.
        ‘the goalkeeper was sent off for a professional foul’
        • ‘But City have seen a copy of Crick's report to the FA which mentions that Combe was sent off for assaulting the referee.’
        • ‘If I was the referee I'd have sent him off - it was a terrible challenge.’
        • ‘In 2001, a fifth division player in Sweden was jailed for attacking a referee who had sent him off.’
        • ‘David was sent off for kicking another player after a tackle.’
        • ‘His intervention, however, was deemed premature by the referee and he was sent off for handling outside his area.’
        • ‘Although he wasn't sent off, the referee booked him, taking his season's points tally to 41 and resulting in a three-match ban.’
        • ‘Football chiefs have warned that attacks on referees are leaving the game dangerously short of officials at grassroots level - after an amateur player was convicted of punching a referee who sent him off.’
        • ‘Ah, happy memories of my rugby playing days (I think there were two rugby playing days in total before I was sent off for ignoring the game altogether and chatting with my mate).’
        • ‘They had spent two hours talking about him without criticising him once, not even when he became only the second man to send someone off in a Cup final.’
        • ‘Imagine my horror when the referee - who was FA approved - sent me off for deliberate handball.’
        order off, tell to leave the field, dismiss
        show someone the red card
        red-card, send for an early bath, give someone their marching orders, sin-bin
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  • send something off

    • Dispatch something by post.

      ‘please take a moment or two to send off a cheque to a good cause’
      • ‘About an hour later, I was in a post office, sending it off.’
      • ‘I only sent the form off last week and there in the mountain of post as a reply from them telling me I'm sorted to receive the statutory amount whenever I am ready to start.’
      • ‘‘We want people to get involved but we do not want people to send things off in the post, just to let us know and we will arrange to have a look at them,’ says Jane Sellars, freelance exhibition curator.’
      • ‘I had to go to the post office to send a few posters off to those good enough to want to buy some off me (details on home page).’
      • ‘I will then finish editing it overnight, ready to send it off via express post on Friday.’
      • ‘It will require that person to send that cheque off to the Inland Revenue Department.’
      • ‘I sent the videos off to America to have them analysed to check that I wasn't going crazy.’
      • ‘I queued for the birth certificate, wrote the cheque, sent the application off, sat back and waited.’
      • ‘So, anyway, I shot off to the study to write a covering letter for the deeds and then to the post office to send the package off by special delivery, next day guaranteed.’
      • ‘Before the boxes can be sent off, they need to be checked to ensure they don't contain inappropriate items such as liquids or war toys.’
  • send something on

    • Transmit mail or luggage to a further destination or in advance of one's own arrival.

      ‘I've got your catalogue—would you like me to send it on?’
      • ‘Okay, then, I'll ask my people to send my luggage on later, I'd rather set off earlier and travel in comfort.’
      • ‘We would then send the calls on to our customer's destination.’
      • ‘The cash would be carried in oak chests, and the keys would be sent on in advance for added safety.’
      • ‘Corbeau set up his own postal service for the City of Liege; for deliveries outside this area he collected the post but sent it on via the normal postal services.’
      • ‘After the applicant had been given notice by the Home Office that he was going to be deported, his solicitors, through their inefficiency, sent letters on to the wrong address and, consequently, they were not received by the applicant.’
      • ‘Postini then filters out the spam and the virus-infected messages, among other things, before sending your mail on.’
      • ‘A daily system of luggage transportation allows you to send your luggage on to your next stopover and cycle at your ease.’
      • ‘Allegedly if I send it on to everyone in my address book my wish will come true.’
      • ‘I'm sending this letter to your old address, hoping that even if you've moved, it will be sent on.’
      • ‘The commission confirmed yesterday that all three main parties are ignoring its recommendation that they do not handle postal voting applications at a centralised local address of their own before sending them on.’
  • send something out

    • 1Produce, emit, or give out something.

      ‘radar signals were sent out in powerful pulses’
      • ‘When prices are held down this signal is not sent out.’
      • ‘But ‘everything out there is going to be received back at the same frequency you send it out at… what you want is a unique signal,’ Williams said.’
      • ‘That will send a signal out there straightaway.’
      • ‘Then why don't we outline an industrial policy, send the right signals out to all and sundry and just build the manufacturing enterprises.’
      • ‘Oncologists actually have a lot of evidence indicating that it is the tumor, not healthy cells, that send signals out to blood vessels to stimulate growth.’
      • ‘The president wants to send the signal out there that it's solid.’
      • ‘Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.’
      • ‘They meet in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and let the world know what is happening by means of a smoke signal coming through a chimney leading to the roof of the chapel a smoke signal is sent out to tell the outside world what is happening.’
      • ‘However, the brutal nature of this incident has been recognised by the court, and I think the right signal has been sent out.’
      • ‘To save time, this lure sends a mating signal out into the water to attract all the fish in the area.’
    • 2Dispatch items to a number of people.

      ‘the company sent out written information about the stock’
      • ‘What takes most time is not sending your information out but waiting for their replies.’
      • ‘The Associated Press sent a dispatch out of Bangkok that they considered news.’
      • ‘‘This is important because, if we do not send this information out, people do not know what we are doing,’ she said.’
      • ‘Even though many circulars had been sent out and the public meeting had been well advertised, the councillors acidly noted that the decision would not stop the public complaining that ‘nothing ever happens in Barlick’.’
      • ‘As soon as the error was noticed, a stop message was sent out by radio to all trains in the area and the two were never closer than three miles apart.’
      • ‘The leaflet says information and advice on steps to be taken in the event of a nuclear emergency will be sent out on radio and television.’
      • ‘I am writing this letter to send a plea out to the Airdrie people to keep an eye out for these creatures.’
      • ‘In China, I keep writing Chinese poetry and sending it out to literary journals around the country.’
      • ‘We'll be sending it out to all the radio stations to give the singers an experience way beyond all their wildest dreams.’
      • ‘I point out that he's still writing and sending his stories out regularly.’
  • send someone/thing up

    • 1Give an exaggerated imitation of someone or something in order to ridicule them.

      ‘we used to send him up something rotten’
      • ‘In panto I send myself up playing the Gladiator role; in this the character is sent up in the story, and there's lots of fun at everyone's expense.’
      • ‘They have an answer for that too, though: they're not just sending people up, they insist, but seeking to politicise them.’
      • ‘Filled with endless mumbo-jumbo dialogue and obvious plot twists, it never begins to convince or enthral and is populated by actors who don't know whether to strive for sincerity or just throw in the towel and send the whole thing up.’
      satirize, ridicule, make fun of, parody, lampoon, mock, caricature, imitate, ape
      take off, spoof, take the mickey out of
      take the piss out of
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    • 2Sentence someone to imprisonment.

      ‘he was sent up for arson’
      send to prison, sentence to imprisonment, imprison, jail, incarcerate, lock up, confine, detain, intern, immure
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Old English sendan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zenden and German senden.




Main definitions of send in English

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noun & verb

  • variant spelling of scend