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I UK [ˈæŋkə(r)] / US [ˈæŋkər] noun [countable]
Word forms "anchor":
singular anchor plural anchors
1) a heavy object that is dropped into the water to prevent a boat from moving
at anchor (= held still using an anchor):

luxury yachts at anchor in the port

drop anchor:

We dropped anchor off the coast of Norway.

2) someone who presents a television or radio programme, especially the news

She's been lured away from ABC News to become anchor of a new nightly current affairs show.

3) someone or something that is strong and reliable, and so makes people feel safe and confident

The exchange rate should be an anchor in inflation control.

Bates is the emotional anchor of the film.

4) business an important shop or business that attracts other businesses to the area where it is

The development has Marks and Spencer as the anchor store.


II UK [ˈæŋkə(r)] / US [ˈæŋkər] verb
Word forms "anchor":
present tense I/you/we/they anchor he/she/it anchors present participle anchoring past tense anchored past participle anchored
1) [intransitive/transitive] to prevent a boat from moving by dropping its anchor into the water

We anchored off the French coast.

2) [transitive] to present a television or radio programme, especially the news

The programme has been anchored by McDonald since 1992.

3) [transitive, usually passive] to fix something firmly somewhere

Small marine plants were anchored to the rocks.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Anchor — An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. a gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.] 1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain), and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — ist der Name mehrerer Orte: Anchor Bay Gardens (Michigan) Anchor Bay Harbor (Michigan) Anchor Bay (Kalifornien) Anchor Bay (Malta) Anchor Bay Shores (Michigan) Anchor (Illinois) Anchor (Louisiana) Anchor Mill (Tennessee) Anchor (Mississippi)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • anchor — [aŋ′kər] n. [ME anker < OE ancor < L anc(h)ora < Gr ankyra, an anchor, hook < IE base * ank , to bend > ANKLE] 1. a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water… …   English World dictionary

  • Anchor — An chor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Anchored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Anchoring}.] [Cf. F. ancrer.] 1. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship. [1913 Webster] 2. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — An chor, v. i. 1. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream. [1913 Webster] 2. To stop; to fix or rest. [1913 Webster] My invention . . . anchors on Isabel. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — Anchor, IL U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 175 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Anchor, IL — U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 175 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • anchor — (ant. y pop. en algunos sitios) m. Anchura. * * * anchor. m. p. us. anchura (ǁ la menor de las dimensiones de las figuras planas) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • anchor — [n] something used to hold another thing securely ballast, bower, comfort, defense, fastener, foothold, grapnel, grappling iron, grip, hold, hook, kedge, mainstay, mooring, mud hook, pillar, protection, safeguard, security, staff, stay, support;… …   New thesaurus

  • anchor (to) —  /ANCHOR TENANT  The largest, best known tenant in a shopping mall; to hold in place.  ► “A recent modernization and lobby make over were instrumental in attracting an anchor tenant, the Topps Company, an entertainment and sweets company.”… …   American business jargon

  • anchor — ► NOUN ▪ a heavy object used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes. ► VERB 1) moor with an anchor. 2) secure firmly in position. ORIGIN Greek ankura …   English terms dictionary

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