to the shore; onto the shore: The schooner was driven ashore.
on the shore; on land rather than at sea or on the water: The captain has been ashore for two hours.
Origin of ashore
First recorded in 1580–90; a-1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Contemporary Examples of ashore
Historical Examples of ashore
The ships were undermanned, for the sailors, too, had been ashore feasting.
I was ashore every day while the squadron remained in the port.
There was no wharf, and it was always necessary to get ashore through a surf.
I never was more completely adrift, in my life, ashore or afloat.
I was now ashore, with two or three months of drift before me.
British Dictionary definitions for ashore
towards or onto land from the waterwe swam ashore
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
on land, having come from the watera day ashore before sailing
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Word Origin and History for ashore
1580s, "toward the shore," from a- (1) + shore (n.). Meaning "on the shore" is from 1630s. Middle English had ashore (late 15c.), but it meant "on a slant," literally "propped up," from shore (v.).
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