Definition of anaphor noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

anaphor

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noun
NAmE//ˈænəfər//
 
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a word or phrase that refers back to an earlier word or phrase, for example in the phrase “My mother said she was leaving,” where “she” is used as an anaphor for “my mother”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: anaphor