adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce aground (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Rome initially banned large ships from getting too close to Italy’s coast in 2012, after the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Tuscany in January of that year. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Last month, Democrats who control the General Assembly advanced a top priority of broadening access to health care even as their plan for a greater state role in providing insurance ran aground in the face of stiff business opposition. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 12 July 2021 In 2019, 14,000 sheep drowned in a shipping accident in a Romanian port, a livestock carrier caught fire while berthed in Greece, and another ran aground near Turkey. Kevin Varley, Fortune, 8 July 2021 The 1,400-foot-long Ever Given, which carries cargo between Asia and Europe, ran aground and jammed the single-lane stretch of the canal on March 23 before it was re-floated six days later in a massive salvage operation. NBC News, 7 July 2021 The vessel ran aground in March, blocking the crucial waterway for six days. Samy Magdy, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 The canal hasn’t had a major disruption like the one suffered by the Suez Canal in late March, when a container megaship ran aground for almost a week, tying up a chunk of global shipping at a time of rising bottlenecks in the world’s supply chains. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 28 June 2021 An apt example could be the container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal while disrupting international shipping and global supply chains. Dan Gamota, Forbes, 25 June 2021 But those efforts ran aground, in part because Central American presidents did not hold their end of their bargain, and then the Trump administration shifted focus from aid to law enforcement. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of aground

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Aground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aground

: on or onto the ground


adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈgrau̇nd How to pronounce aground (audio) \

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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