\ə-ˈgrau̇nd \

Definition of aground 

1 : on the ground planes aloft and aground

2 : on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water a ship run aground

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aground


beached, grounded, stranded



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The frigate, which was being towed back to a Philippine port, ran aground during a routine patrol, damaging some of its propellers. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 10 Sep. 2018 In 1981, a Soviet Whiskey-class diesel electric submarine ran aground inside Swedish territorial waters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rattled by Russia, Sweden Reveals a New Fighter Jet," 18 May 2016 Efforts to bring a vaccine for Lyme disease to the market have run aground amid heated debate over the years. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Effort for Lyme Disease Vaccine Draws Early Fire," 9 July 2018 Some seamen, however, have languished in captivity for months or even years because their companies balked at coughing up—often because their ship was uninsured, or had run aground, or had been disabled by fire, or had sunk. The Economist, "A new approach to Somali pirates frees more hostages," 28 June 2018 Truth be told, humans run aground on ambiguous language all the time. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language," 27 June 2018 The anchor line broke five days later and the boat ran aground near Harding Street. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stranded sailboat's next journey: The landfill," 21 June 2018 Nucor said in its filing that sales talks have run aground over price. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "Flood of U.S. companies seek relief on tariffs," 20 June 2018 Mauricio Macri was elected president in 2015 to fix the economy, but his efforts ran aground. The Economist, "How to play Argentina," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of aground

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of aground

: on or onto the ground

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Kids Definition of aground

: on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water The ship ran aground during the storm.

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obstinately defiant of authority

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