anchor

[[t]æ̱ŋkə(r)[/t]]
anchors, anchoring, anchored
1) N-COUNT An anchor is a heavy hooked object that is dropped from a boat into the water at the end of a chain in order to make the boat stay in one place.
2) V-ERG When a boat anchors or when you anchor it, its anchor is dropped into the water in order to make it stay in one place.

We could anchor off the pier...

[V n] They anchored the boat.

3) VERB If you anchor an object somewhere, you fix it to something to prevent it moving from that place.

[V n prep] The roots anchor the plant in the earth...

[V-ed] The child seat belt was not properly anchored to the car.

Syn:
4) N-COUNT: oft N of/for n If one thing is the anchor for something else, it makes that thing stable and secure.

He provided an emotional anchor for her...

He remains the anchor of the country's fragile political balance.

5) VERB: usu passive If something is anchored in something or to something, it has strong links with it.

[be V-ed in/to n] A united Germany must be firmly anchored in NATO if Europe is to remain stable...

[V-ed] His basic outlook remains anchored in the liberal tradition.

Syn:
rooted in
6) VERB The person who anchors a television or radio programme, especially a news programme, is the person who presents it and acts as a link between interviews and reports which come from other places or studios. [mainly AM]

[V n] Viewers saw him anchoring a five-minute summary of regional news.

[V-ed] ...a series of cassettes on the Vietnam War, anchored by Mr. Cronkite.

7) N-COUNT The anchor on a television or radio programme, especially a news programme, is the person who presents it. [mainly AM]

He worked in the news division of ABC - he was the anchor of its 15-minute evening newscast.

Syn:
anchorman, anchorwoman
8) PHRASE If a boat is at anchor, it is floating in a particular place and is prevented from moving by its anchor.

Sailing boats lay at anchor in the narrow waterway.

9) PHRASE: V inflects When the people on a boat drop anchor or cast anchor, they drop the boat's anchor into the water in order to prevent the boat from moving.

We dropped anchor in a sheltered spot.

10) PHRASE: V inflects When the people on a boat weigh anchor or up anchor, they pull the anchor of the boat out of the water so that they can sail away.

English dictionary. 2008.

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