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ashore

[uh-shawr, uh-shohr]
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adverb
  1. to the shore; onto the shore: The schooner was driven ashore.
  2. on the shore; on land rather than at sea or on the water: The captain has been ashore for two hours.
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Origin of ashore

First recorded in 1580–90; a-1 + shore1
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aground

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  • The ships were undermanned, for the sailors, too, had been ashore feasting.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • There was no wharf, and it was always necessary to get ashore through a surf.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I was ashore every day while the squadron remained in the port.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • If unable to pass the blockading squadrons, we intended to run her ashore.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There was a stir on the island, while we were in the water, but we all got ashore, safe and unseen.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for ashore

ashore

adverb
  1. towards or onto land from the waterwe swam ashore
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adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. on land, having come from the watera day ashore before sailing
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Word Origin and History for ashore

adv.

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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