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anchornoun [C]

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

a heavy metal object attached 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 our fishing rods.
An anchor is also someone or something that gives support when needed: She’s looking for a spiritual anchor.
  • anchor noun [C] (NEWS PERSON)

anchorverb [I/T]

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

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

to report the news and manage reports by others on a television or radio program: [T] He anchored the morning news for many years.
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"anchor" in British English

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anchornoun [C]

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

C2 a heavy metal object, usually shaped like a cross with curved arms, on a strong rope 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 (= strongest part) of their foreign policy.
  • anchor noun [C] (BROADCASTER)

mainly US an anchorman or anchorwoman

anchorverb

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