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English noun: anchor

1. anchor (artifact) a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

Synonymsground tackle

Broader (hypernym)claw, hook

Narrower (hyponym)grapnel, grapnel anchor, mooring anchor, mushroom anchor, sheet anchor, waist anchor

Part holonymflue, fluke, shank, stem

Part meronymvessel, watercraft

2. anchor (cognition) a central cohesive source of support and stability

SamplesFaith is his anchor.
The keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money.
He is the linchpin of this firm.

Synonymsbackbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay

Broader (hypernym)support

3. anchor (person) a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

Synonymsanchorman, anchorperson

Broader (hypernym)television newscaster, television reporter, TV newsman, TV reporter

English verb: anchor

1. anchor (contact) fix firmly and stably

SamplesAnchor the lamppost in concrete.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

2. anchor (contact) secure a vessel with an anchor

SamplesWe anchored at Baltimore.

Synonymscast anchor, drop anchor

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

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