Meaning of ANCHOR in English

/ ˈæŋkə(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a heavy metal object that is attached to a rope or chain and dropped over the side of a ship or boat to keep it in one place :

to drop anchor

The ship lay at anchor two miles off the rocky coast.

We weighed anchor (= pulled it out of the water) .


a person or thing that gives sb a feeling of safety :

the anchor of the family


( especially NAmE ) = anchorman , anchorwoman

■ verb


to let an anchor down from a boat or ship in order to prevent it from moving away :

[ v ]

We anchored off the coast of Spain.

[also vn ]


[ vn ] to fix sth firmly in position so that it cannot move :

Make sure the table is securely anchored.


[ vn ] [ usually passive ] anchor sb/sth (in / to sth) to firmly base sth on sth else :

Her novels are anchored in everyday experience.


( NAmE ) to be the person who introduces reports or reads the news on television or radio :

[ vn ]

She anchored the evening news for seven years.

[also v ]



Old English ancor , ancra , via Latin from Greek ankura ; reinforced in Middle English by Old French ancre . The current form is from anchora , an erroneous Latin spelling. The verb (from Old French ancrer ) dates from Middle English .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.