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Meaning of “anchor” in the English Dictionary

"anchor" in British English

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anchornoun [C]

uk   /ˈæŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/
  • anchor noun [C] (ON A BOAT)

C2 a ​heavymetalobject, usually ​shaped like a ​cross with ​curvedarms, on a ​strongrope or ​chain, that is ​dropped from a ​boat into the ​water to ​prevent the ​boat from ​moving away: We dropped anchor (= ​lowered the anchor into the ​water) and ​stopped. It was ​time to weigh anchor (= ​pull up the anchor and ​sail away).

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  • anchor noun [C] (SUPPORT)

C2 someone or something that gives ​support when ​needed: She was my anchor when things were ​difficult for me. This ​treaty has been called the anchor (= ​strongestpart) of ​theirforeignpolicy.
  • anchor noun [C] (BROADCASTER)

mainly US an anchorman or anchorwoman

anchorverb

uk   /ˈæŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/
(Definition of anchor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"anchor" in American English

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anchornoun [C]

 us   /ˈæŋ·kər/
  • anchor noun [C] (HEAVY WEIGHT)

a ​heavymetalobjectattached to a ​boat by a ​rope or ​chain that, when ​dropped into the ​water and ​resting on the ​bottom, ​keeps the ​boat from ​moving: We ​dropped the anchor and took out ​ourfishingrods. An anchor is also someone or something that gives ​support when ​needed: She’s ​looking for a ​spiritual anchor.
  • anchor noun [C] (NEWS PERSON)

a ​person who ​reports the ​news and ​managesreports by ​others on a ​television or ​radioprogram: The ​mayorgrantsfrequentinterviews to ​localnews anchors.

anchorverb [I/T]

 /ˈæŋ·kər/
  • anchor verb [I/T] (USE HEAVY WEIGHT)

to ​keep a ​boat from ​moving by ​dropping a ​heavymetalobjectattached to it by a ​rope or ​chain into the ​water so that it ​rests on the ​bottom: [T] We anchored ​oursailboat near the ​shore.
  • anchor verb [I/T] (BE NEWS PERSON)

to ​report the ​news and ​managereports by ​others on a ​television or ​radioprogram: [T] He anchored the ​morningnews for many ​years.
(Definition of anchor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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