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anchor

an·chor

anchor

 
pronunciation:
aeng kr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
weigh anchor
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a heavy device, connected by a cable to a boat or ship, that is dropped to the bottom of a body of water to restrict the vessel's motion.
They found a quiet cove and dropped anchor for the night.They raised the anchor and set sail.
 
synonyms:
mooring
similar words:
drag, sea anchor
definition 2: any similar device used to prevent motion.
synonyms:
grapnel, kedge
similar words:
grappling iron
definition 3: something that provides stability or equilibrium.
Their love for each other was the family's anchor.
synonyms:
prop, security
similar words:
foundation, mainstay, mooring, rock, support
definition 4: in broadcasting, the main announcer on a news program.
He's more in the spotlight now that he is the anchor of the show.
synonyms:
anchorman, anchorperson, anchorwoman
similar words:
announcer, reporter
phrase: weigh anchor
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: anchored, anchoring, anchors
definition 1: to hold steady, as with an anchor.
They anchored the tent to the ground with ropes and stakes.
synonyms:
fix, secure
similar words:
bind, fasten, hook, moor
definition 2: in broadcasting, to serve as anchor.
She will begin anchoring the show next week.
similar words:
announce, host
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to drop anchor or lie at anchor.
They anchored close to the island.
synonyms:
dock, moor
similar words:
berth, dwell, reside, rest, tarry
derivation: anchorable (adj.)
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