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verb     ship pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshipping
past tenseshipped
past participleshipped
  1. 1
    [transitive] [often passive] to send goods or people somewhere by ship

    Toxic waste is shipped from Western Europe to other countries.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to send goods to customers, or to be sent to customers, usually by air or land

      Your order was shipped on July 10th by first class mail.

      Version 4.0 should ship in a week or two.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to want or support a romantic relationship between fictional characters, usually one that is suggested by fans rather than shown in the work of fiction itself. The couple generally has a ’ship name’ formed of the names of the two characters.

    For ’Sherlock’ there are several examples of couples that fans are shipping.

    Here is why you should ship Stelena and not Delena.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary by: Lyza from Mexico on 07/07/2013
    Word story
    The term comes from the noun ’relationship’ and was first used to talk about a romantic relationship between the two main characters in The X-Files, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. However, the idea of shipping dates back to the idea of a relationship between Star Trek characters Captain Kirk and Mr Spock.


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