UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈʃɪp/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ʃɪp/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ship)

Inflections of 'ship' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ship /ʃɪp/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  shipped, ship•ping. 
n. [countable]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa large vessel, esp. one that travels on the ocean.
  2. the crew and passengers of a vessel:The ship was abuzz with the news.
  3. an airplane or spacecraft:The commander of the spacecraft ordered his officers not to fire on the alien ship.

  1. to send or transport by ship, rail, etc.:[+ object]The package was shipped by an overnight express delivery service.
  2. [+ object] to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
  3. to bring into a ship or boat:[+ object]Ship the anchor.
  4. ship out: 
    • to (cause to) leave, esp. for another country or assignment: [no object]The sailor shipped out the next day.[+ object + out]shipped him out the next day.[+ out + object]The navy shipped out thousands of sailors.
    • Slang Terms[no object] to quit, resign, or be fired from a job:Shape up or ship out!
  1. Idiomsrun a tight ship, to use strict control in running a company, etc.:The boss runs a tight ship.

-ship, suffix. 
    • -ship is used to form nouns with the meaning "state or condition of'':friend + -ship → friendship;kin + -ship → kinship.
    • -ship is also used with the meaning "the skill or ability of'':statesman + -ship → statesmanship;apprentice + -ship → apprenticeship.
    • -ship is also used with the meaning "the relation of'':fellow + -ship → fellowship.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    ship  (ship),USA pronunciation n., v.,  shipped, ship•ping. 
    1. Nautical, Naval Termsa vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
    2. Nautical, Naval Terms
      • a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
      • [Now Rare.]a bark having more than three masts. Cf.  shipentine. 
    3. the crew and, sometimes, the passengers of a vessel:The captain gave the ship shore leave.
    4. an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.
    5. jump ship: 
      • to escape from a ship, esp. one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
      • to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.;
        defect or desert:Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
    6. run a tight ship, to exercise a close, strict control over a ship's crew, a company, organization, or the like.
    7. when one's ship comes in or  home, when one's fortune is assured:She'll buy a car as soon as her ship comes in.

    1. to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation;
      to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
    2. [Naut.]to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
    3. to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
    4. to engage (someone) for service on a ship.
    5. to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
    6. Nautical, Naval Termsto place (an oar) in proper position for rowing. Cf.  boat (def. 13).
    7. to send away:They shipped the kids off to camp for the summer.

    1. to go on board or travel by ship;
    2. to engage to serve on a ship.
    3. ship out: 
      • to leave, esp. for another country or assignment:He said goodby to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
      • to send away, esp. to another country or assignment.
      • Slang Terms[Informal.]to quit, resign, or be fired from a job:Shape up or ship out!
    shipless, adj. 
    shipless•ly, adv. 
    • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English scip; cognate with Dutch schip, German Schiff, Old Norse, Gothic skip; (verb, verbal) Middle English s(c)hip(p)en, derivative of the noun, nominal

  • a native English suffix of nouns denoting condition, character, office, skill, etc.:clerkship;friendship;statesmanship.
    • Middle English, Old English -scipe; akin to shape; cognate with dialect, dialectal Frisian, dialect, dialectal Dutch schip

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    ship /ʃɪp/ n
    1. a vessel propelled by engines or sails for navigating on the water, esp a large vessel that cannot be carried aboard another, as distinguished from a boat
    2. a large sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts
    3. the crew of a ship
    4. short for airship, spaceship
    5. when one's ship comes inwhen one has become successful or wealthy
    vb (ships, shipping, shipped)
    1. to place, transport, or travel on any conveyance, esp aboard a ship
    2. (transitive) to take (water) over the side
    3. to bring or go aboard a vessel: to ship oars
    4. (transitive) often followed by off: informal to send away, often in order to be rid of: they shipped the children off to boarding school
    5. (intransitive) to engage to serve aboard a ship: I shipped aboard a Liverpool liner
    Etymology: Old English scip; related to Old Norse skip, Old High German skif ship, scipfī cup

    ˈshippable adj
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    -ship suffix forming nouns
    1. indicating state or condition: fellowship
    2. indicating rank, office, or position: lordship
    3. indicating craft or skill: horsemanship, workmanship, scholarship
    Etymology: Old English -scipe; compare shape
    'ship' also found in these entries:
    Collocations: ship the [package, delivery], a [foreign, navy, war, sailing] ship, ship [domestically, internationally], more...

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