—v.t. 1. to cause, permit, or enable to go: to send a messenger; They sent their son to college. 2. to cause to be conveyed or transmitted to a destination: to send a letter. 3. to order, direct, compel, or force to go: The president sent troops to Asia. 4. to direct, propel, or deliver to a particular point, position, condition, or direction: to send a punch to the jaw; The punch sent the fighter reeling. 5. to emit, discharge, or utter (usually fol. by off, out, or through): The lion sent a roar through the jungle. 6. to cause to occur or befall: The people beseeched Heaven to send peace to their war-torn village. 7. Elect. a. to transmit (a signal).
b. to transmit (an electromagnetic wave or the like) in the form of pulses.
8. Slang.to delight or excite: Frank Sinatra's records used to send her.
—v.i. 1. to dispatch a messenger, agent, message, etc.
2. Elect.to transmit a signal: The ship's radio sends on a special band of frequencies. 3. send down,Brit.to expel, esp. from Oxford or Cambridge.
4. send for,to request the coming or delivery of; summon: If her temperature goes up, send for the doctor. 5. send forth, a. to produce; bear; yield: plants sending forth new leaves. b. to dispatch out of a country as an export.
c. to issue, as a publication: They have sent forth a report to the stockholders. d. to emit or discharge: The flowers sent forth a sweet odor. 6. send in,to cause to be dispatched or delivered to a destination: Send in your contest entries to this station. 7. send off,to cause to depart or to be conveyed from oneself; dispatch; dismiss: His teacher sent him off to the principal's office. 8. send out, a. to distribute; issue.
b. to send on the way; dispatch: They sent out their final shipment last week. c. to order delivery: We sent out for coffee. 9. send packing, to dismiss curtly; send away in disgrace: The cashier was stealing, so we sent him packing. 10. send round,to circulate or dispatch widely: Word was sent round about his illness. 11. send up, a. to release or cause to go upward; let out.
b. Informal.to sentence or send to prison: He was convicted and sent up for life. c. to expose the flaws or foibles of through parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, or other forms of satire: The new movie sends up merchants who commercialize Christmas.