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Date: 800-900
Language: Latin
Origin: anchora, from Greek ankyra

anchor

1 noun
     
anchor
Related topics: Television and Radio, Water
an‧chor1 [countable]
1TTW a piece of heavy metal that is lowered to the bottom of the sea, lake etc to prevent a ship or boat moving
at 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.
2 especially American EnglishAMT someone who reads the news on TV and introduces news reports [= newsreader British English]
Dan Rather, anchor of the CBC Evening News
3 someone or something that provides a feeling of support and safety:
Dad was the anchor of the family.

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