The word ‘send‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to post something to a different location or cause to be in a specified state.

For example:

  • I’ve sent a parcel to my mum. (post to a different location)
  • His aftershave sends the girls wild. (a specified state)


Send is an irregular verb. The past tense is sent and the past participle is sent.

phrasal verbs with send

Phrasal verbs with ‘send’ include:

  • send away
    meaning – make someone leave
    example – I went to the doctors, but she sent me away and told me I was overreacting.
  • send back
    meaning – return something
    example – I bought some new boots, but I sent them back. I couldn’t really afford £50.
  • send for
    meaning – ask for someone to come and help or request something
    example – I’ve sent for the new catalogue, but it hasn’t arrived yet.
  • send in
    meaning – enter information, arrange for people to deal with a problem
    example – I sent in my recipe to a TV show, and they made it live.
  • send off
    meaning – remove a player from a game or post something
    example – I’ve sent off 8 application forms today. Hopefully I get a job soon.
  • send on
    meaning – forward
    example – I`ll look through the document then send it on to the boss when I’m done.
  • send out
    meaning – order out of a room or send to lots of people
    example – I sent out the memo this morning. Did you not receive it?

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phrasal verbs with send

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘send’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with send - send away
phrasal verbs with send - send back
phrasal verbs with send - send for
phrasal verbs with send - send in
phrasal verbs with send - send off
phrasal verbs with send - send on
phrasal verbs with send - send out

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with send below.