: to wishfully regard (specific people or fictional characters) as being or having the potential to become romantically involved with one another
Naturally, their followers gushed … and started shipping them all over again. "Please be back together," one user commented …—Alyssa Morin
The Office's on-and-off pairing remained so tantalizingly close after the series wrapped in 2013 that even [Mindy] Kaling gets why people are still shipping them.—Sarah Grossbart
Sean Astin, who portrayed Bob Newby, the love interest of Ryder's character, Joyce Byers, in season 2, told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this month that he hopes Jim and Joyce will end up together. "I've shipped them since the beginning," the 49-year-old declared.—Samantha Leffler
One close friendship does develop between two girls, and while fans of other Dreamworks shows like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power may start shipping them, budding romance at this point is only wishful thinking.—Alana Joli Abbott
How does one even begin to write about Anne and Diana? … Megan Followes herself ships them.—Danny M. Lavery
the captain of the ship
He will travel by ship. Verb (1)
The goods were shipped from a foreign port.
Your order is expected to ship soon.
The company will ship its new software next month.
The software will ship next month.
The soldiers were shipped overseas for duty.
When the waves increased, the boat began shipping water. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Meagan Fitzgerald As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, Yemen’s Houthi rebels hijacked a ship in the Red Sea and took dozens of people hostage.—NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 For Black Friday, enjoy 60% off and the first box ships free.—Donna Kim, Bon Appétit, 23 Nov. 2023 An agreement facilitated by the U.S. and Soviet Union resolved the conflict, but the canal remained closed until 1957 due to sunken ships.—Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2023 The community can buy gifts from the Amazon wish list and ship directly to Promises2Kid (9400 Ruffin Court, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92123).—Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 China also maintains a fleet of mobile space support ships that, according to the Pentagon, are used to track satellite and ICBM launches.—Cate Cadell, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Something had gone wrong after the ship shut off its engines in preparation to coast.—Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2023 But, faced with an unexpected low tide, the Marines were forced to abandon their ships offshore and wade toward the island — where they were gunned down by waiting Japanese snipers, leaving a jumble of floating bodies for their compatriots to navigate.—Natasha Frost Maud Bodoukian Meyrant, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 But, Randolph says, according to the ship’s manifest, a fortune of treasure onboard has never been found.—Jay O'Brien, ABC News, 11 Nov. 2023
If that happens, Ted's father will ship him off to a military academy, thus breaking up their band, Wyld Stallyns.—Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 This assessment emboldened Khrushchev to ship intermediate range missiles to Cuba, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war.—WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 He was shipped to Aqueduct in June after finishing 12th in the Wolferton Stakes at Ascot.—Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2023 And with the exception of some ground beef, sausages and larger roasts, meats are shipped fresh and never frozen.—Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 Many companies ship gift baskets only on certain days at the beginning of the week, so that there’s less of a chance of a weekend delay.—Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 21 Nov. 2023 In many cases, shipping alone often costs more than the items can be resold for.—Heather Hoover-Salomon, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 In place of anything as dull as a white plinth to display the objects, they’re positioned on reclaimed packing crates, in a nod to the customs house they’re housed in; once upon a time, its rooms would have held Scottish goods ready to be shipped around the world from the nearby port.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 El Chapo famously attempted to ship half a million dollars’ worth of cocaine into the United States from Mexico packed in jalapeño cans.—Deborah Bonello, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship
verbal derivative of ship "romantic pairing of a fictional couple," shortened from relationship
Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape — more at shape
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a