[with object]
  • 1Transport (goods or people) on a ship.

    ‘the wounded soldiers were shipped home’
    • ‘Of course, we'll cut their benefits, combat pay and make it difficult to ship their goods home from their overseas postings.’
    • ‘If all else fails, the mafia hijack transports of cigarettes and alcohol and then ship the stolen goods into Britain.’
    • ‘Nearly 40 percent of the containers are shipped back to California ports empty.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he was the first man who shipped peaches from the United States to Europe.’
    • ‘It takes another 12 days to ship goods directly from Tanjung Priok to Busan Port in South Korea.’
    • ‘Studying the debacle of the spoiled shipment, he surmised that other companies shipping perishable goods to Asia must have had similar experiences.’
    • ‘Arab roofers and master tilers were shipped from Morocco.’
    • ‘Trade goods were shipped from French Atlantic ports to Quebec, then to Montreal, to be sold to small companies of traders licensed to deal with Native suppliers in the interior.’
    • ‘The city currently spends $1.2 million annually to ship discarded bags to China for recycling.’
    • ‘At 25 he joined the service and was shipped to the Philippines.’
    • ‘The Air Service shipped some 3,000 carpenters, bricklayers, and laborers to England to prepare these facilities.’
    • ‘From its piers Iraq began to ship the goods from those factories to buyers in other countries throughout the region.’
    • ‘If goods are shipped to or from the United States, this bill of lading shall be subject to US Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1936.’
    • ‘She said that Namibia's access to the sea via the port of Walvis Bay would be a bonus for Namibia to ship goods to the US via the Atlantic Ocean.’
    • ‘In 1686 alone these colonies shipped goods worth over £1 million to London.’
    • ‘For quite a while I was a merchant, shipping goods to the Baronies, but when I saw what a fair town this was, I eventually decided to stay, and moved my collection here.’
    • ‘During the spring of 1941, the plane was shipped to Britain and went into service with the Royal Air Force as a Hurricane Mark I.’
    • ‘Manila and the adjacent ports are the best equipped to ship manufactured goods.’
    • ‘Community service, national service, shipping the offenders off to some far off land like Australia?’
    convey, carry, take, transfer, move, shift, bring, fetch, send, deliver, bear, conduct, haul, lug, cart, run, ship, ferry
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    1. 1.1 Send by some other means of transport or by mail.
      ‘the freight would be shipped by rail’
      ‘spare parts were quickly shipped out’
      ‘his papers have already been shipped to the University of Kansas’
      • ‘A lot of our products are shipped by air.’
      • ‘The construction company is shipping the goods to the town and is asking its customers to help with the appeal for goods and building materials.’
      • ‘Transportation costs had to be incurred to ship goods to consumers in proportion to their distance from producers.’
      • ‘Unbelievably, most of the 1.5 billion tons of hazardous cargo shipped across this country every year go unchecked.’
      • ‘For the same reasons, many U.S. online merchants, particularly smaller companies, do not currently ship goods to Canada.’
      • ‘For many years, material and bulk goods were shipped to military bases via rail, but now deliveries are made mostly by commercial trucks.’
      • ‘It also owns transport companies, which are essential for shipping goods around the country.’
      • ‘When we speak of trade, we usually think of goods being shipped across borders.’
    2. 1.2no object (of a product) be made available for purchase.
      ‘the cellular phone is expected to ship at about $500 sometime this summer’
      • ‘Support for IP is expected to be added some time after the product ships later this year.’
      • ‘The delay is surely something of an embarrassment for the company, which recently promised the product would ship on 30 June.’
      • ‘The company has already announced that the product will ship in Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.’
      • ‘Expect more to be revealed when the product ships in Japan in July.’
      • ‘Instead of companies being tied to the MySQL General Public License the product will ship under a commercial license.’
    3. 1.3ship outno object (of a naval force) go to sea from a home port.
      ‘Bob got sick a week before we shipped out’
      • ‘For Martha Treadway, late August 1918 was dominated by the fear that Osie and Johnnie would ship out at any moment and she would never see them again.’
      • ‘There was a time when young men from small towns in Texas were forced to ship out to New York or Hollywood in order to fulfill their dream of seeing themselves on the big screen.’
      • ‘U.S. troops get a preview of battlefield conditions before they ship out.’
      • ‘For troops who have just returned from overseas or for those about to ship out, the USO is a valuable source of help and support.’
      • ‘Finally, on the morning of July 18 the regiment broke camp and boarded the transport Pennsylvania to ship out for the Philippines.’
      • ‘Whatever one believes, the accident has left deep anxiety among sailors who have just graduated from naval training and are about to ship out.’
      • ‘The 203rd Legion has been ordered to ship out immediately.’
      • ‘When the 356th got ready to ship out they only needed one Replacement Pilot so they kept Withers and sent three of us back to Westover for re-assignment.’
      • ‘One just about to ship out, the other coming home for the holidays.’
      • ‘Lt. Philips has been called to active duty and is to ship out next week for Kuwait.’
    4. 1.4dated no object Embark on a ship.
      ‘people wishing to get from London to New York ship at Liverpool’
    5. 1.5no object (of a sailor) serve on a ship.
      ‘Jack, you shipped with the Admiral once, didn't you?’
  • 2(of a boat) take in (water) over the side.

    • ‘He told me afterwards the yacht was believed to be shipping water and the fate of the skipper was not known.’
    • ‘Imagine a number of passengers in an overcrowded lifeboat which has begun to ship water.’
    • ‘It is shipping water heavily, as last year's £247m loss demonstrates, and needs to throw half of its businesses overboard if it is to avoid being sunk by its debts.’
    • ‘Keeping close to the lee shore with John in the bows watching out for rocks, which could be the size of a small car we slowly made our way back to base, shipping a lot of water as we did so.’
    • ‘By the next morning, 1 June 1916, the Lutzow was shipping enough water to keep her speed below 5 knots.’
    • ‘We were shipping a lot of water over the deck.’
  • 3Take (oars) from the oarlocks and lay them inside a boat.

    • ‘A hundred yards out he shipped the oars and started the motor.’
    • ‘He quickly shipped his oar and shoved Lori roughly out of the way as he took care of hers.’
    • ‘Slowly, she got into the rowing boat, shipped the oars and made her way across to the centre of the river.’
    • ‘It get very annoying to have to, in effect, ship one's oars every time he passes, and continually having to check what he's doing.’
    • ‘Then the crew of the long boat shipped their oars and headed for the shore of the chosen island.’
    • ‘Once the boat had settled we shipped the oars, got out our lines, baited the hooks and dropped them over the gunwale.’
    • ‘The barge slowed as it approached the quay, and the rowers shipped their oars.’
    • ‘Katherine moved right out on deck just as Matt shipped his oars and called out.’
    1. 3.1 Fix (something such as a rudder or mast) in its place on a ship.


[no object]informal
  • Support or have a particular interest in a romantic pairing between two characters in a fictional series, often when this relationship is one portrayed by fans rather than depicted in the series itself.

    ‘I'm still shipping for Edward/Hermione’
    with object ‘if you ship Paul and Sarah, then you'd better avert your eyes for this next part’
    • ‘I don’t ship Aragorn/Legolas, but there’s so much subtext in the movies with all the significant looks they exchange.’
    • ‘Mindy/Danny are meant to be together, no rush; the anticipation is a huge part of what makes shipping these guys so much fun.’
    • ‘I ship Aragorn and Boromir: it's so sad at his death and Aragorn kisses his forehead.’
    • ‘People who ship Sam and Frodo literally disgust me.’
    • ‘I'm shipping hard on Danny and Mindy on The Mindy Project!’
    • ‘I've been shipping for Emily/Jack since the pilot of season 1.’
    • ‘No Mindy-Jeremy shipping for now: one of the story lines they had just begun shooting was Jeremy dating one of Mindy's best friends.’
    • ‘Ever since I became attached to the Harry Potter universe I have always shipped for Harry/Hermione all the way.’
    • ‘Love Downton Abbey: specifially ship Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes.’
    • ‘I ship for Harry/Hermione because, well, they're always dropping hints.’