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Definition of anchor noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a 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).
  2. 2a person or thing that gives someone a feeling of safety the anchor of the family
  3. 3= anchorman, anchorwoman
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