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Meaning of “ship” in the English Dictionary

"ship" in British English

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shipnoun [C]

uk   us   /ʃɪp/
A2 a ​largeboat for ​travelling on ​water, ​especiallyacross the ​sea: a ​sailing ship a ​merchant/​naval ship They boarded (= went on to) a ship that was sailing (= ​leaving) the next ​day.

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shipverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ʃɪp/ (-pp-)
to ​send something, usually a ​largeobject or a ​largequantity of ​objects or ​people, to a ​placefar away: We ship ​books out to New York every ​month.

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-shipsuffix

uk   us   /-ʃɪp/
(Definition of ship from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ship" in American English

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shipnoun [C]

 us   /ʃɪp/
a ​boat, esp. one that is ​large enough to ​travel on the ​sea: a ​cruise/​cargo ship A ship is also an ​aircraft or ​spacecraft.

shipverb [T]

 us   /ʃɪp/ (-pp-)
to ​transport something or someone by ​air, ​train, ​boat, or ​truck: They ​shippedourfurniture from Tennessee. Parts for the ​spacestation are being ​shipped out there by ​spacecraft.
(Definition of ship from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ship" in Business English

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shipverb

uk   us   /ʃɪp/
[T] TRANSPORT, COMMERCE to ​send or ​transport something by sea: ship sth to sb/sth The ​vessel was used to ship ​goldbullion to America.
[I or T] TRANSPORT, COMMERCE to ​sendgoods by ​air, ​train, or road, or to be ​sent in this way: ship sth to sb/sth The ​company will ship ​purchases to any ​address within the US. I ​asked the ​suppliers to ship us a ​replacement as soon as possible. We don't ​currently ship outside the EU. They ​assured me our ​order will be shipping tomorrow.
[I or T] COMMERCE, IT to make something, especially ​computerproducts and ​equipment, ​available for ​sale, or to become ​available: The ​company is now shipping the first in a new ​series of ​interactiveDVDs. This ​software has been shipping for a while now.

shipnoun [C]

uk   us   /ʃɪp/ TRANSPORT
a large boat used for ​transportinggoods or ​people by sea: There were several ships waiting in the ​dock for their ​cargo to be ​unloaded.
abandon/jump ship to ​leave an ​organization very suddenly, especially when you ​think it is going to ​fail: The ​CEOabandoned ship just before the ​auditors were called in.
(Definition of ship from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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