Definition of ashore in English:



  • 1To or on the shore or land from the direction of the sea.

    ‘the seals come ashore to breed’
    • ‘Redwing ordered them to lower the anchor, and they got into the jolly boats and went ashore.’
    • ‘In their voyage through the remote islands and atolls they seldom took the boy ashore, fearing infection.’
    • ‘Handing over the helm he directed me close to land, hopped ashore and left us to fate.’
    • ‘As we scrambled ashore, more experienced sailors were taking to the water with glee aboard a fleet of dinghies and catamarans.’
    • ‘They had suffered only minor shock and injuries and subsequently were transferred ashore.’
    • ‘The day dawned fine and they returned to Shipbuilders Cove and went ashore.’
    • ‘Mathew and his shipmates recovered the man and his five friends to Hawkesbury and took them ashore.’
    • ‘If they are successful, the men will step ashore for the first time in four months when they reach the coast of California.’
    • ‘Vangelis travelled ashore by pulling on the rope attached to the shore bollard and returned by pulling on the rope attached to the ferry.’
    • ‘These can hit the shore within minutes on occasion, and can rush ashore without warning causing immeasurable damage.’
    • ‘Richard was tossed into the sea and spent two hours in the freezing water trying to swim ashore but was constantly beaten back by fierce waves.’
    • ‘He was rescued and taken ashore to Guatemala by coastguards last year.’
    • ‘When he was very small a group of Phoenician sailors came ashore for trading and stayed over a year.’
    • ‘Current estimates are that more than a quarter of a million people died when the waves swept ashore.’
    • ‘Following another night at anchor we conduct another pax transfer ashore.’
    • ‘We go ashore by dinghy at a pretty stone jetty surrounded by dense trees and rhododendron bushes.’
    • ‘Sailors from the ship also wanted to get ashore during this time to help with the aid and restoration program.’
    • ‘Before this the staff had only been able to fly ashore for a couple of days' rest on a rotational basis.’
    • ‘He taught them how to approach the whale, iron it, bring it ashore, butcher, render and eat it.’
    • ‘Then there were the marine corps and army infantry who waded ashore or were landed by air on island after island.’
    on to land, on to the land, on to the shore
    towards the shore, shorewards, landwards
    on the shore, on the beach, on land, on the land, on dry land
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    1. 1.1On land as opposed to at sea.
      ‘we spent the day ashore’
      • ‘First and foremost, never, ever leave food aboard a boat that is being stored ashore.’
      • ‘Like many of the earlier heraldic flags, it seems that this form of flag originated in military use ashore.’
      • ‘Sailors from Argyll are involved in two projects ashore, the more ambitious one being the building of a health clinic.’
      • ‘We returned to the jetty and the sailors fastened the boat ashore.’
      • ‘The prize gives special emphasis to research which improves the management or techniques in sick bays ashore and afloat.’
      • ‘A volunteer party from Monmouth went ashore when the ship called in at the island during the latest stage of her patrol of the region.’
      • ‘Flying low, they not only checked boats afloat, but those stored ashore as well.’
      • ‘In between official duties sailors managed to get ashore to take in the sights of Exeter and Torquay.’
      • ‘Due to the situation ashore in Honiara, there has been no shore leave allowed over the two months the ship was there.’
      • ‘Polystyrene blocks are to be removed from the crew accommodation and the starboard side of the engine room and stored ashore.’
      • ‘This is also the time to talk to the authorities about public shelters ashore.’
      • ‘This meant that the crew would be ashore for anything up to two months at a time.’
      • ‘That will take some adjustment to how we organize maintenance and training ashore.’