Anchor - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈæŋkər|  American pronunciation of the word anchor
Brit.  |ˈaŋkə|  British pronunciation of the word anchor


- a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
- a central cohesive source of support and stability(syn: backbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay)
- a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute (syn: anchorman, anchorperson)


- fix firmly and stably(syn: ground)
- secure a vessel with an anchor


The ship dropped anchor in a secluded harbor.

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

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

They anchored the ship in the bay.

The ship anchored in the bay.

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

The most ancient anchors were only large stones bored through the middle.

My first care was to anchor the ice-axe firmly in the snow.

It is she who is anchoring the rebuilding campaign.

The ship was at anchor.

We dropped anchor a few yards offshore.

The next morning, they weighed anchor (=lifted the anchor) and began to move south again.

Dan Rather, anchor of the CBC Evening News

Dad was the anchor of the family.

Three tankers were anchored in the harbor.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: anchor
he/she/it: anchors
present participle: anchoring
past tense: anchored
past participle: anchored
singular: anchor
plural: anchors
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman