anchoran‧chor1 /ˈæŋkə $ -ər/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1TTWa piece of heavymetal that is lowered to the bottom of the sea, a lake etc to prevent a ship or boat movingat anchor 🔊 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.2especially American EnglishAMT someone who reads the news on TV and introduces news reports syn newsreader British English 🔊 Dan Rather, anchor of the CBC Evening News3HELPsomeone or something that provides a feeling of support and safety 🔊 Dad was the anchor of the family.
anchoranchor2 verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive, transitive]TTW to lower the anchor on a ship or boat to hold it in one place syn moor 🔊 Three tankers were anchored in the harbor.2FASTEN/DO UP[transitive] to fasten something firmly so that it cannot move 🔊 The shelves should be securely anchored to the wall. Grammar Anchor is usually passive in this meaning.3 →be anchored in something4SUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLAN[transitive] to provide a feeling of support, safety, or help for someone or an organization 🔊 Steve anchors the team’s defense. 🔊 Her life was anchored by her religion.5AMT[transitive] American English to be the person who reads the news and introduces reports on television syn present 🔊 Collins anchors the 6 o'clock news.→ See Verb table