Definition of “anchor” - English Dictionary

“anchor” in 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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uk /ˈæŋ.kər/ us /ˈæŋ.kɚ/

anchor verb (FASTEN)

C2 [ I or T ] to lower an anchor into the water in order to stop a boat from moving away

C2 [ T ] to make something or someone stay in one position by fastening him, her, or it firmly:

We anchored ourselves to the rocks with a rope.

(Definition of “anchor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ]


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.

(Definition of “anchor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)