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Definition of ashore

: on or to the shore

Examples of ashore in a Sentence

We docked our boat and went ashore to visit the island. the seashells that wash ashore after a storm
Recent Examples on the Web Layoffs, disconnection and confusion When Salvini, then the interior minister, banned migrants from coming ashore in Italy starting in 2018, government spending for migrant intake plummeted. Megan A. Carney, The Conversation, "When politicians turn immigration into a ‘crisis,’ they hurt their own people," 22 Jan. 2020 When large blooms of algae decay offshore, great amounts of decaying algal matter often wash ashore. Fox News, "Sea foam floods streets of Spanish town during deadly storm," 24 Jan. 2020 Villa and her colleagues say shells collected from the seafloor tend to be slightly thicker, on average, than the ones that wash ashore. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals may have been shallow free divers, suggests a new study," 19 Jan. 2020 Six people were able to swim ashore, and a search was on for one missing person, said National Disaster Response Force spokesman Krishan Kumar. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 13, 2019," 13 Sep. 2019 More than a dozen migrants jumped overboard on Tuesday alone, news reports said, in a vain attempt to swim the roughly three miles ashore. New York Times, "After Desperate Migrants Jump Ship, Italy Allows Rescue Vessel to Dock," 20 Aug. 2019 Some residents donned wetsuits and swam ashore with cases of water and beer. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness," 13 Nov. 2018 Darline had been the only person sitting on the beach in the predawn light the morning that he, nine other men, and four women were ditched in the middle of the sea and told by the captain to swim ashore. Edwidge Danticat, The New Yorker, "Without Inspection," 7 May 2018 Kopechne was trapped inside the car but Kennedy was able to swim ashore and walked back to his hotel. Thom Patterson, CNN, "Inside the Kennedy family 'curse'," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ashore

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ashore was circa 1536

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“Ashore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ashore

: on or to the shore of an ocean, sea, lake, or river


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Kids Definition of ashore

: on or to the shore We collected seashells that the waves had washed ashore.

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