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You have to reach DOCK from SHIP in the minimum number of tries with the following rules.

You are only allowed to change one letter at a time. You have to keep the word length the same.

At each step of the way, you must have a legitimate English word. Thus, something like going from "SHIP" to "DHIP" is not a valid step, but from "SHIP" to “SHOP” is valid.

As long as the origin of the word is provided, it can be accepted. To avoid disputes, please stick to well known words.

For example: How do you go from S A N E to H A N D ?

Answer: S A N E → S A N D (1) → H A N D (2).

Done in 2 steps, all real words.

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closed as off-topic by Deusovi Jul 8 at 14:26

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  • $\begingroup$ "In terms of dispute, community will judge the word’s validity." This seems to fit the close reason, "This question may invite speculative answers, as the question is not fully defined. The validity of some answers may be based upon opinion. Good questions for this site have a limited number of objectively correct answers. See also: Why are questions off-topic if they invite answers which are not demonstrably correct, or are otherwise speculative?" $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 8 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ Then..I will decide on the best answer based on the proof that word exists ..as has been given in some answers..there are always some judgement calls ..in problems like these..there are several paths of words..we are trying to find path with minimum steps..you can always knitpick anything to death,, $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ Edited to reduce as much ambiguity as I can.. $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ What counts as a word, though? Do acronyms count? What about words that are archaic, or loanwords that have been used in English only a few times? As long as you do not give precise rules for when something is a word, the question is opinion-based. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 8 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Uvc Please also consider that this is practically no different from the FIVE -> FOUR puzzle. There's no twist or anything, it's just more of the same and is easy to propose/create, so I wouldn't have expected a thrillingly positive reception to begin with. $\endgroup$ – greenturtle3141 Jul 8 at 16:13
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5 steps

SHIP -> SHUP -> SOUP -> SOUK -> SOCK -> DOCK

Note that

4 steps is clearly impossible, since there is no valid 1st step from SHIP that changes 1 of the letters to a corresponding letter of DOCK (since DHIP, SOIP, SHCP and SHIK are not valid words).

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  • $\begingroup$ That is awesome! $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 9:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Uvc Thank you! Of course, SHUP is clearly debatable, but I've not found anything better. $\endgroup$ – trolley813 Jul 8 at 9:55
  • $\begingroup$ You have given the proper link..I will let the community decide on its validity $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 9:56
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Here it is in 6 steps

SHIP
SLIP
SLAP
SOAP
SOAK
SOCK
DOCK

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7 steps:

SHIP, SHOP, CHOP, COOP, COOK, ROOK, ROCK, DOCK

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  • $\begingroup$ You did one better than me. Let us see how all others fare. $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 9:22
  • $\begingroup$ It can be shortened to 6 steps by writing DOCK-COCK-COOK etc. $\endgroup$ – trolley813 Jul 8 at 9:22
  • $\begingroup$ That is even better $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ Proper order should be presented SHIP to DOCK. $\endgroup$ – Uvc Jul 8 at 9:25
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Another 5 stepper using two slightly obscure words!

SHIP
SHOP
SOOP
SOOK
SOCK
DOCK

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  • $\begingroup$ Note also that dook fits and will probably help you get upvotes from all the ferret fanciers. Just sayin'. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Jul 8 at 12:07
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7 steps:

SHIP
CHIP
CHIN
COIN
CORN
CORK
COCK
DOCK

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