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anchor

noun, often attributive an·chor \ ˈaŋ-kər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of anchor

1 :a device usually of metal attached to a ship or boat by a cable and cast overboard to hold it in a particular place by means of a fluke that digs into the bottom
2 :a reliable or principal support :mainstay
  • a quarterback who has been the anchor of the team's offense
3 :something that serves to hold an object firmly
  • a bolt-and-nut cable anchor
4 :an object shaped like a ship's anchor
5 :an anchorman (see anchorman 2) or anchorwoman
  • a TV news anchor
6 :the member of a team (such as a relay team) that competes last
7 :a large business (such as a department store) that attracts customers and other businesses to a shopping center or mall
8 mountaineering :a fixed object (such as a tree or a piton) to which a climber's rope is secured

anchorless

play \-ləs\ adjective
at anchor
:being anchored
  • a ship at anchor

Examples of anchor in a Sentence

  1. The ship dropped anchor in a secluded harbor.

  2. He described his wife as the emotional anchor of his life.

  3. a local bank that has been the financial anchor of the community

Recent Examples of anchor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of anchor

Middle English ancre, from Old English ancor, from Latin anchora, from Greek ankyra; akin to Old English anga hook — more at angle

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anchor

verb

Definition of anchor

anchored; anchoring play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to hold in place in the water by an anchor
  • anchor a ship
2 :to secure firmly :fix
  • anchor a post in concrete
3 :to act or serve as an anchor for
  • … it is she who is anchoring the rebuilding campaign …
  • —Gray D. Boone
  • anchoring the evening news
intransitive verb
1 :to cast anchor
2 :to become fixed

Examples of anchor in a Sentence

  1. They anchored the ship in the bay.

  2. The ship anchored in the bay.

  3. a star quarterback who has anchored the team's offense for many years

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Origin and Etymology of anchor

anchor Synonyms

Synonyms
fasten, catch, clamp, fix, hitch, moor, secure, set
Antonyms
loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen
Related Words
embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, stuff, wedge
Near Antonyms
extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, yank


ANCHOR Defined for English Language Learners

anchor

noun

Definition of anchor for English Language Learners

  • : a heavy device that is attached to a boat or ship by a rope or chain and that is thrown into the water to hold the boat or ship in place

  • : a person or thing that provides strength and support

  • : a large store that attracts customers and other businesses to an area (such as a shopping mall)


anchor

verb

Definition of anchor for English Language Learners

  • : to keep a ship or boat from moving by using an anchor

  • : to connect (something) to a solid base : to hold (something) firmly in place

  • : to be the strongest and most important part of (something)


ANCHOR Defined for Kids

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anchor

noun an·chor \ ˈaŋ-kər \

Definition of anchor for Students

1 :a heavy device attached to a ship by a cable or chain and used to hold the ship in place when thrown overboard
2 :someone or something that provides strength and support
  • He is the family's anchor.

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anchor

verb

Definition of anchor for Students

anchored; anchoring
1 :to hold or become held in place with an anchor
  • The riverboat was anchored at a sandy beach below tall bluffs.
  • —Janet Shaw, Meet Kirsten
2 :to fasten tightly
  • The cables are anchored to the bridge.

Medical Dictionary

anchor

transitive verb an·chor \ ˈaŋ-kər \

medical Definition of anchor

anchored; anchoring play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
:to relate psychologically to a point or frame of reference (as to a person, a situation, an object, or a conceptual scheme)


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