Meaning of SHIP in English


I. ship 1 S2 W2 /ʃɪp/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: scip ]

1 . a large boat used for carrying people or goods across the sea:

the ship’s captain

a luxury cruise ship

by ship

supplies that came by ship

2 . a large spacecraft

⇨ jump ship at ↑ jump 1 (16), ⇨ run a tight ship at ↑ tight 1 (5)

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■ ships that carry people

▪ passenger ship a ship that carries people rather than goods

▪ cruise ship a large ship that people have holidays on

▪ liner a large ship that sails long distances across the ocean:

an ocean liner


a transatlantic liner

▪ ferry a ship that makes short regular journeys between two places:

The ferry operates daily between Hull and Zeebrugge.

■ ships that carry goods

▪ cargo ship/merchant ship a ship that carries goods rather than people

▪ container ship a ship that carries goods in special containers which can be put on trucks

▪ freighter a large ship that carries goods

▪ oil tanker a ship that carries oil

▪ supertanker a very large ship that carries oil

▪ barge a ship that carries goods on a river or canal

■ military ships

▪ warship a military ship with guns, used in a war

▪ battleship the largest type of ship used in war, with very big guns on it

▪ aircraft carrier a military ship that planes can fly from or land on

▪ destroyer a small fast military ship with guns, often used for protecting battleships

▪ gunboat a small fast ship with guns on it, often used in shallow water near a coast

▪ submarine a military ship that can stay under water:

a nuclear submarine

▪ minesweeper a military ship used for removing bombs from under water

II. ship 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle shipped , present participle shipping )

1 . [transitive] to send goods somewhere by ship, plane, truck etc

ship something out/to/over etc

A new engine was shipped over from the US.

2 . [intransitive and transitive] technical to make a piece of computer equipment or software available for people to buy:

They’re now shipping their long-awaited new anti-virus software.

Both products are due to ship at the beginning of June.

3 . [transitive] to order someone to go somewhere

ship somebody off/out etc

He was shipped off to a juvenile detention center.

⇨ ↑ shipping , ⇨ shape up or ship out at ↑ shape up (3)

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▪ take to move or go with someone or something from one place to another:

Don’t forget to take your keys.


Shall I take you home?


I took Alice a cup of tea.

▪ bring to take someone or something to the place where you are now:

We’ve brought someone to see you!


Will you bring your photos with you when you come?

▪ transport to take large quantities of goods from one place to another in a plane, train, ship etc:

The plane is used for transporting military equipment.


The coal was transported by rail.

▪ deliver to take goods, letters, newspapers etc to someone’s home or office:

Unfortunately, the package was delivered to the wrong address.

▪ fly to take someone or something somewhere by plane:

The bread is specially flown in from Paris.

▪ ship to take goods from one place to another – this can be by ship, truck, plane, or train:

Half the whisky is shipped to Japan and the US.

▪ carry to take people or goods somewhere – used especially when saying how many people or things, or what kind:

The new plane can carry up to 600 passengers.


The ship was carrying a full cargo of oil.

▪ lead to take someone to a place by going in front of them:

He led Julia through the house to his study.


Roland led the way back to the car in silence.

▪ guide to take someone to a place and show them the way:

Emily guided him through a side gate into a large garden.

▪ escort to take someone to a place and protect or guard them:

The prisoner was escorted into the room by two police officers.


The singer was escorted by her assistant and her bodyguard.

▪ usher to politely lead someone somewhere and show them where to go, especially because it is your job to do this:

We were ushered into the lift by a man in uniform.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.