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Meaning & Definition of Anchor in English

English

Anchor

/æŋkər/

noun

1. A mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

    synonym:
  • anchor
  • ,
  • ground tackle

2. A central cohesive source of support and stability

  • "Faith is his anchor"
  • "The keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"
  • "He is the linchpin of this firm"
    synonym:
  • anchor
  • ,
  • mainstay
  • ,
  • keystone
  • ,
  • backbone
  • ,
  • linchpin
  • ,
  • lynchpin

3. A television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

    synonym:
  • anchor
  • ,
  • anchorman
  • ,
  • anchorperson

verb

1. Fix firmly and stably

  • "Anchor the lamppost in concrete"
    synonym:
  • anchor
  • ,
  • ground

2. Secure a vessel with an anchor

  • "We anchored at baltimore"
    synonym:
  • anchor
  • ,
  • cast anchor
  • ,
  • drop anchor