adverb or adjective

: on the ground
planes aloft and aground
: on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water
a ship run aground

Examples of aground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bulk carrier dragged a buoy nearly 400 yards before running aground. USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 In that case, a multistory cruise liner carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew ran aground and capsized off Italy’s west coast, killing 32 people, which ended up costing $2 billion — the costliest maritime disaster so far. Federica Cocco, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 The higher estimates could exceed the roughly $1.5 billion paid out after the Costa Concordia crisis in 2012, when 32 people were killed as the cruise ship ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio. Peter Eavis, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 That’s the federal law passed after the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska in 1989, spilling more than 10 million gallons of oil into Price William Sound. Ken Roberts, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 In 1742, amidst a war between Britain and Spain, a British warship ran aground off the Florida Keys. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Lloyd’s adjustment mirrors the move made 30 years ago by Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who also ran aground in the NCAAs during his career. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 In deep-red Tennessee, where Republicans control the branches of state government, the political will that opened the door to sweeping changes to police practices in Memphis following Nichols’s death appears to be running aground. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2024 In fall 2022, near-historic low river levels caused barges to run aground on the lower river. Journal Sentinel, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aground was in the 14th century

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“Aground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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adverb or adjective
: on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water
the ship ran aground

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