Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sendan; akin to Old High German sendan to send, Old English sith road, journey, Old Irish sét path, way
Date: before 12th century
1. to cause to go: as
a. to propel or throw in a particular direction
b. deliver <sent a blow to the chin> c. drive <sent the ball between the goalposts> 2. to cause to happen <whatever fate may send> 3. to dispatch by a means of communication 4. a. to direct, order, or request to go b. to permit or enable to attend a term or session <send a daughter to college> c. to direct by advice or reference d. to cause or order to depart ; dismiss 5. a. to force to go ; drive away b. to cause to assume a specified state <sent them into a rage> 6. to cause to issue: as a. to pour out ; discharge <clouds sending forth rain> b. utter <send forth a cry> c. emit <sent out waves of perfume> d. to grow out (parts) in the course of development <a plant sending forth shoots> 7. to cause to be carried to a destination; especially to consign to death or a place of punishment 8. to convey or cause to be conveyed or transmitted by an agent <send a package by mail> <sent out invitations> 9. to strike or thrust so as to impel violently <sent him sprawling> 10. delight, thrill intransitive verb 1. a. to dispatch someone to convey a message or do an errand — often used with out <send out for pizza> b. to dispatch a request or order — often used with away 2. transmit • sender noun II. noun Date: 1726 the lift of a wave ; scend
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.