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[uh-shawr, uh-shohr] /əˈʃɔr, əˈʃoʊr/
to the shore; onto the shore:
The schooner was driven ashore.
on the shore; on land rather than at sea or on the water:
The captain has been ashore for two hours.
Origin of ashore
1580-90; a-1 + shore1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Two-thirds of her crew are drunk, t'other third are ashore or sick.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The ships were undermanned, for the sailors, too, had been ashore feasting.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Bananas had been ashore, drinking some native spirit, and he was drunk.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • I was ashore every day while the squadron remained in the port.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • One day when she was ashore with her mates, they turned into a public-house to have dinner.

    The Strange Story Book Mrs. Andrew Lang
  • There was a stir on the island, while we were in the water, but we all got ashore, safe and unseen.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • After the ship had gone down, I strained my eyes through the driving spray, to see whether anything was comin' ashore.

    Captain January Laura E. Richards
  • I was now ashore, with two or three months of drift before me.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Coming down the Cumberland on one trip I was too sick to work, and the boat put me ashore about twenty miles above Clarksville.

British Dictionary definitions for ashore


towards or onto land from the water: we swam ashore
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
on land, having come from the water: a day ashore before sailing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ashore

1580s, "toward the shore," from a- (1) + shore (n.). Meaning "on the shore" is from 1630s. Middle English had ashore (late 15c.), but it meant "on a slant," literally "propped up," from shore (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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