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verb anchor pronunciation in British English /ˈæŋkə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleanchoring
past tenseanchored
past participleanchored
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to prevent a boat from moving by dropping its anchor into the water
    We anchored off the French coast.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to present a television or radio programme, especially the news
    The programme has been anchored by McDonald since 1992.
  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to fix something firmly somewhere
    Small marine plants were anchored to the rocks.



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