ship·​ment | \ ˈship-mənt How to pronounce shipment (audio) \

Definition of shipment

1 : the act or process of shipping
2 : the goods shipped

Examples of shipment in a Sentence

We sent out another shipment of books. My order was delivered in two shipments. This box is ready for shipment.
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Recent Examples on the Web Elliot, the mother of The Pharmacy at Wellington's pharmacist and co-owner Nick Dziurkowski, had been volunteering at the clinic ever since the pharmacy received its first vaccine shipment the week of Christmas. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Pharmacies step up to help get shots into arms," 7 Feb. 2021 On this December morning, the hospital is buzzing with excitement as North Memorial receives its first vaccine shipment. Star Tribune, "A duty to mend regret and heartbreak," 7 Feb. 2021 With every order, customers are provided with a link to help them keep track of their shipment in real-time. Daily Health Reports, Chron, "Meticore Reviews (2021 Updated) Diet Pills Supplement with Real Ingredients or Side Effects?," 4 Feb. 2021 The Palestinians received their first substantial shipment of vaccines this past Monday when Israel gave the Palestinian Authority 2,000 Moderna doses — a measure the Israeli government approved after public health experts had recommended it. New York Times, "Israel’s Vaccine Success Unleashes a Debate on Palestinian Inequities," 4 Feb. 2021 The city received its first shipment of vaccines in late December. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "Garland will continue giving COVID-19 vaccines at drive-through event this week," 3 Feb. 2021 Right now, Williams said, Super Bee is waiting on its next shipment to arrive before scheduling new appointments. Dennis Pillion |, al, "What 3 Alabama pharmacies learned offering the COVID vaccine," 18 Jan. 2021 University of Berkeley received their first shipment of vaccine at University Health Services this week and has began the process of administering vaccinations at clinics on Thursdays and Fridays. Kellie Hwang,, "Five key reasons for California’s slow COVID vaccine rollout — and how it could be fixed," 14 Jan. 2021 And a small hospital in Nebraska’s corn and soybean belt mixed logistics with a can-do attitude to vaccinate front-line staffers hours after its precious shipment arrived. Robert Weisman,, "Rural states leading the nation in early COVID-19 vaccinations," 9 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of shipment

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shipment was in 1799

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22 Feb 2021

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“Shipment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shipment

: a load of goods that are being sent to a customer, store, etc.
: the act of sending something to a customer, store, etc.


ship·​ment | \ ˈship-mənt How to pronounce shipment (audio) \

Kids Definition of shipment

1 : the act of shipping The order is ready for shipment.
2 : a package or goods shipped

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