\ 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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beached, grounded, stranded



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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 The USS Philadelphia ran aground, and Tripoli captured its U.S. sailors, before a brave action burned the ship. Eric Grynaviski, Washington Post, "So Dennis Rodman may be in Singapore for the summit. That’s not as strange as it sounds.," 9 June 2018 Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Marine Division helped locate the boat, which was found run aground in a marshy area of the lake and tied off to the shoreline. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County lakes see drowning, boat fire, watercraft collision," 28 May 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

\ ə-ˈgrau̇nd \

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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