anchor - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a heavy object that is dropped into the water to prevent a boat from moving
    at anchor (=held still using an anchor):

    luxury yachts at anchor in the port

    drop anchor:

    We dropped anchor off the coast of Norway.

  2. 2
    someone who presents a television or radio programme, especially the news

    She’s been lured away from ABC News to become anchor of a new nightly current affairs show.

  3. 3
    someone or something that is strong and reliable, and so makes people feel safe and confident

    The exchange rate should be an anchor in inflation control.

    Bates is the emotional anchor of the film.

  4. 4
    business an important shop or business that attracts other businesses to the area where it is

    The development has Marks and Spencer as the anchor store.