ship

noun, often attributive
\ ˈship \

Definition of ship

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a large seagoing vessel
b : a sailing vessel having a bowsprit and usually three masts each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast
2 : boat especially : one propelled by power or sail
3 : a ship's crew
4 : fortune sense 3 when their ship comes in they'll be able to live in better style

ship

verb
shipped; shipping

Definition of ship (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by water
b : to cause to be transported shipped him off to prep school
2 obsolete : to provide with a ship
3 : to put in place for use ship the tiller
4 : to take into a ship or boat ship the gangplank
5 : to engage for service on a ship
6 : to take (water) over the side used of a boat or a ship

intransitive verb

1 : to embark on a ship
2a : to go or travel by ship often used with out
b : to proceed by ship or other means under military orders often used with out
3 : to engage to serve on shipboard
4 : to be sent for delivery the order will ship soon

-ship

noun suffix

Definition of -ship (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : state : condition : quality friendship
2 : office : dignity : profession clerkship
3 : art : skill horsemanship
4 : something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state township fellowship
5 : one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation his Lordship
6 : the body of persons participating in a specified activity readership listenership

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Other Words from ship

Verb

shippable \ ˈshi-​pə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for ship

Synonyms: Noun

boat, keel, vessel

Synonyms: Verb

consign, dispatch, pack (off), send, shoot, transfer, transmit, transport

Antonyms: Verb

accept, receive

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Examples of ship in a Sentence

Noun

the captain of the ship He will travel by ship.

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every episode is filled with ships galore, as well as drama for days. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "When Does "Riverdale" Come Back?," 7 Feb. 2019 Each Sang-O has two 533-millimeter torpedo tubes to carry heavyweight anti-ship or anti-submarine torpedoes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Navy Sank a Fake, Yellow, North Korean Submarine," 6 Feb. 2019 Yankee Barn Homes designs and ships the homes, such as the Mad River Modern, to clients all over the U.S., so regional building costs vary. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Prefab Company Will Build You The Midcentury Modern Home Of Your Dreams," 5 Feb. 2019 As that ship was decommissioned in 1997, the strategy has since changed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "There's a Secret Plan in Place to Evacuate Queen Elizabeth in the Event of Brexit Riots," 4 Feb. 2019 Mikkelsen also has her own online shop that ships worldwide. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Behind Copenhagen’s Coolest New Line of Velvet Bodysuits," 28 Jan. 2019 In the middle of it all, the consummate showman, who in his 20s worked as a singer on cruise ships, pledged free pets for poor seniors with biweekly veterinary care and pet food included. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italy’s Berlusconi Is Back for One More Try," 17 Jan. 2019 In Cadwell Turnbull’s debut novel, Earth experiences first contact when an alien ship comes down to hover over the US Virgin Islands. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 The British fleet lost 14 ships and 6,000 men in that engagement. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message Reflects on the Royal Family's 'Busy Year'," 25 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company shipped an average of roughly 90,000 barrels a day by rail to U.S. refineries in January, Imperial Chief Executive Richard Kruger said during a conference call Friday. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "Imperial Oil Rolls Back U.S.-Bound Exports, Citing Surge in Cost," 1 Feb. 2019 Lenovo Lenovo said that the Yoga C730 with AMOLED will ship in April, for a starting price of $1,649.99. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo upgrades the Yoga C730 with a beautiful AMOLED display," 8 Jan. 2019 Of the types, demi-sec, a sweet dessert style, brut, and extra brut are the most common seen in the US, with brut champagne accounting for 73.9 percent of all champagne shipped to the U.S. in 2017, according to the Champagne Bureau US. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 The pullover, which is artfully crafted with Noah's angelic face, is $45 and will ship to you just in time for all those ugly Christmas sweater parties. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Noah Centineo Ugly Christmas Sweater is the Holiday Miracle We All Deserve," 7 Dec. 2018 In 2017, Amazon alone shipped more than 5 billion items to homes worldwide, largely in paper envelopes and cardboard boxes. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Why is it so hard to get rid of cardboard boxes?," 6 Dec. 2018 In these instances, Wish uses freight-forwarding services to ship these items in bulk from Chinese merchants to Wish’s U.S. warehouses. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Trump’s latest China threat could crush the $8 billion Amazon competitor Wish. Here’s its plan to fight back.," 18 Oct. 2018 Sarcos plans to start shipping the Guardian XO Max in early 2020. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 After an offseason that saw the team ship out some of its best players, and with the club in 'step-back' mode, there's little reason for hope this season. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Pitchers and catchers reporting in a month brings little sunshine for Mariners fans," 13 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of ship

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ship

Noun

Middle English, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship

Noun suffix

Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape — more at shape

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More Definitions for ship

ship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ship

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large boat used for traveling long distances over the sea
: a large airplane or spacecraft

ship

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ship (Entry 2 of 3)

: to send (something) to a customer
: to send (a new product) to stores so that it can be bought by customers
: to send (someone) to a place that is usually far away

-ship

noun suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -ship (Entry 3 of 3)

: the state or condition of being something
: the position, status, or duties of something
: skill or ability as someone or something

ship

noun
\ ˈship \

Kids Definition of ship

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a large boat designed for travel by sea
3 : a vehicle for traveling beyond the earth's atmosphere a rocket ship

ship

verb
shipped; shipping

Kids Definition of ship (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to cause to be transported The grain was shipped by rail.
2 : to put or receive on board for transportation by water
3 : to send (someone) to a place They shipped her off to boarding school.
4 : to take into a ship or boat ship oars ship water
5 : to sign on as a crew member on a ship

-ship

noun suffix
\ ˌship\

Kids Definition of -ship

1 : state : condition : quality friendship
2 : office : rank : profession authorship
3 : skill penmanship
4 : something showing a quality or state of being championship township
5 : someone having a specified rank your Lordship

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