\ə-ˈshȯr \

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

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Pilgrims stride ashore after arriving in Plymouth, in a painting by W.J. Aylward. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 Chau waited until the next morning, at daybreak, to try to get ashore. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Washington state man is killed by bow and arrow on remote island in India," 21 Nov. 2018 According to Click 2 Houston, Nick Leppard was able to wrestle a 6-foot-long alligator gar ashore last weekend. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Houston Teen Caught a 175-Pound Alligator Gar From the Brazos River," 1 Oct. 2018 The soggy remnants of Florence keep causing chaos in coastal South Carolina long after the hurricane swirled ashore, with rivers still flowing far beyond their banks and a new storm gathering more rain just offshore. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "Soggy South Carolina to get more rain as flooding continues," 25 Sep. 2018 Kardashian West has often taken the swimsuit ashore paired with heels or sweatpants, but yesterday’s tack kept things sporty from top-to-toe. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Swaps Her Corset for the Utility Belt," 18 July 2018 Along parts of South Florida's Atlantic coast, mounds of seaweed known as sargassum have been pushed ashore by strong winds and ocean currents, dulling the water and coating beaches. Jennifer Kay,, "Blue-green algae, red tide soil beaches, threaten Florida tourism," 10 July 2018 The Venice coastal area sits on top of a fossil layer that runs 18 to 35 feet deep, and as storms and waves break pieces off, the teeth wash ashore for people to find. Ellie Rushing,, "Florida towns' claims to fame: We're No. 1," 3 July 2018 And the sound of waves lapping ashore — oh, what a comforting sound, this thumping, watery heartbeat. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "My happiest memories are one with the sea," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of ashore

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

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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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