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send-off

[send-awf, -of] /ˈsɛndˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
a demonstration of good wishes for a person setting out on a trip, career, or other venture:
They gave him a rousing send-off at the pier.
2.
a start given to a person or thing.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase send off

send1

[send] /sɛnd/
verb (used with object), sent, sending.
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 followed 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.
Electricity.
  1. to transmit (a signal).
  2. 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.
verb (used without object), sent, sending.
9.
to dispatch a messenger, agent, message, etc.
10.
Electricity. to transmit a signal:
The ship's radio sends on a special band of frequencies.
Verb phrases
11.
send down, British. to expel, especially from Oxford or Cambridge.
12.
send for, to request the coming or delivery of; summon:
If her temperature goes up, send for the doctor.
13.
send forth,
  1. to produce; bear; yield:
    plants sending forth new leaves.
  2. to dispatch out of a country as an export.
  3. to issue, as a publication:
    They have sent forth a report to the stockholders.
  4. to emit or discharge:
    The flowers sent forth a sweet odor.
14.
send in, to cause to be dispatched or delivered to a destination:
Send in your contest entries to this station.
15.
send off, to cause to depart or to be conveyed from oneself; dispatch; dismiss:
His teacher sent him off to the principal's office.
16.
send out,
  1. to distribute; issue.
  2. to send on the way; dispatch:
    They sent out their final shipment last week.
  3. to order delivery:
    We sent out for coffee.
17.
send up,
  1. to release or cause to go upward; let out.
  2. Informal. to sentence or send to prison:
    He was convicted and sent up for life.
  3. 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.
Idioms
18.
send packing, to dismiss curtly; send away in disgrace:
The cashier was stealing, so we sent him packing.
19.
send round, to circulate or dispatch widely:
Word was sent round about his illness.
Origin
before 900; Middle English senden, Old English sendan; cognate with German senden, Gothic sandjan (causative) < Germanic base *sinth-, *santh- go, whence Old English sīth journey, sand message, messenger
Related forms
sendable, adjective
Synonyms
2. transmit, dispatch, forward. 4. cast, hurl, fling, project.
Antonyms
1. receive.
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British Dictionary definitions for send off

sendoff

/ˈsɛndˌɒf/
noun (informal)
1.
a demonstration of good wishes to a person about to set off on a journey, new career, etc
2.
a start, esp an auspicious one, to a venture
verb (transitive, adverb)
3.
to cause to depart; despatch
4.
(sport) (of the referee) to dismiss (a player) from the field of play for some offence
5.
(informal) to give a sendoff to

send1

/sɛnd/
verb sends, sending, sent
1.
(transitive) to cause or order (a person or thing) to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place: to send a letter, she sent the salesman away
2.
when intr, foll by (when transitive, takes an infinitive) for;. to dispatch a request or command (for something or to do something): he sent for a bottle of wine, he sent to his son to come home
3.
(transitive) to direct or cause to go to a place or point: his blow sent the champion to the floor
4.
(transitive) to bring to a state or condition: this noise will send me mad
5.
(transitive; often foll by forth, out, etc) to cause to issue; emit: his cooking sent forth a lovely smell from the kitchen
6.
(transitive) to cause to happen or come: misery sent by fate
7.
to transmit (a message) by radio, esp in the form of pulses
8.
(transitive) (slang) to move to excitement or rapture: this music really sends me
9.
send someone about his business, to dismiss or get rid of someone
10.
send someone packing, to dismiss or get rid of (someone) peremptorily
noun
11.
another word for swash (sense 4)
Derived Forms
sendable, adjective
sender, noun
Word Origin
Old English sendan; related to Old Norse senda, Gothic sandjan, Old High German senten

send2

/sɛnd/
verb, noun sends, sending, sent
1.
a variant spelling of scend
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Word Origin and History for send off

send

v.

Old English sendan "send, send forth; throw, impel," from Proto-Germanic *sandijan (cf. Old Saxon sendian, Old Norse and Old Frisian senda, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch senden, Dutch zenden, German senden, Gothic sandjan), causative form of base *sinþan, denoting "go, journey" (source of Old English sið "way, journey," Old Norse sinn, Gothic sinþs "going, walk, time"), from PIE root *sent- "to head for, go" (cf. Lithuanian siusti "send;" see sense (n.)).

Also used in Old English of divine ordinance (e.g. godsend, from Old English sand "messenger, message," from Proto-Germanic *sandaz "that which is sent"). Slang sense of "to transport with emotion, delight" is recorded from 1932, in American English jazz slang.

send-off

n.

"a farewell" (especially a funeral), 1872, from verbal phrase (attested by 1660s), from send (v.) + off (adv.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for send off

send

verb

To arouse keen admiration, esp as an ecstatic response; excite; TURN someone ON: Bessie Smith really sent him (1932+ Jazz talk)


send-off

noun

A funeral: Give a man a classy send-off (1872+)


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Idioms and Phrases with send off

send off

see: send away , def. 1.
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