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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 The winds picked up; waves began crashing ashore with intensity; the skies darkened. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This Caribbean island is on track to become the world’s first 'hurricane-proof' country," 19 Nov. 2019 The massive storm crashed ashore as a Category 5 hurricane with winds exceeding 160 mph (255 kph), the strongest ever recorded to hit Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael," 12 Oct. 2019 Catch your breath watching their bravado from a safe vantage point ashore. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A British Columbia Road Trip With Forest Views and Craft Brews," 26 Feb. 2020 Remnants of the balloons typically wash ashore or fall to the ground and can end up in the stomachs of marine life and animals. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "The Church of Scientology released hundreds of balloons at the opening of a California church. Local officials want to make sure it never happens again," 26 Feb. 2020 More American passengers on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan as a result of the global spread of novel coronavirus will be offered a way ashore, U.S. diplomatic officials said late Friday. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "More Americans on quarantined ship will be offered an exit," 15 Feb. 2020 The boat operator then took the family ashore to a waiting ambulance, attorneys said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Texas woman drowns on vacation at Sandals resort in Turks and Caicos, family sues," 14 Feb. 2020 But almost as quickly as the excitement of mysterious black budget UFO programs crashed ashore, so, too, came vexing waves of criticism, confusion, and controversy. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program," 14 Feb. 2020 There’s no audible trace of the waves crashing ashore just over the ridge. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "The Ultimate Mushroom Trip? A Foraging Weekend in Big Sur," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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27 Mar 2020

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“Ashore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 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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