Definition of shore noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɔːr//
    Rivers and lakes
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the land along the edge of the sea or ocean, a lake or another large area of water a rocky/sandy shore to swim from the boat to the shore a house on the shores of the lake The ship was anchored off shore. Rubbish of all sorts is washed up on the shore. Wordfinderbeach, cliff, coast, dune, headland, inlet, promontory, sea, shore, tide See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  2. 2shores [plural] (especially literary) a country, especially one with a coast foreign shores What brings you to these shores?
  3. Word Originnoun Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōre; perhaps related to the verb shear.Extra examples A dying dolphin was found washed up on the shore. Four thousand spectators lined the shores. He waited, watching from the shore. He was glad to return to his native shores. Lake Michigan’s north shore Meg was pointing to the far shore. The decisions concerning the future of the company will be taken beyond these shores. The decisions will be taken beyond these shores. The hotel is situated on the sheltered shores of the Moray Firth. The hotel’s gardens stretch down to the lake shore. The others were now safely on shore. The path ran along the southern shore of the lake. The route goes around the shore of Derwent Water. The sea appears calm near the shore. There are a lot of rocks on that shore. We sailed until midnight, hugging the shore. We spent our vacation at the shore. We strolled by the shore after dinner. We walked along the shores of the lake together. We will fight to the death to defend our shores. a Belgian artist from the wilder shores of Flemish nationalism just a few miles from shore on the golden shores of beautiful Bali sailors on shore leave strolling by the shore the most thought-provoking movie to hit these shores in recent years the ship in which Columbus first sailed to American shores the sound of waves lapping the shore
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