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an·chor

anchor

 
 
pronunciation:
aeng kr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a heavy object that is dropped from a boat or ship by a cable to keep the vessel from moving.
The ship's captain dropped his anchor a mile from the shore.
 
definition 2: something that keeps something else stable or in place.
Our love for one another is our family's anchor.
synonyms:
prop, security
similar words:
foundation, mainstay, rock, support
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: anchors, anchoring, anchored
definition 1: to make secure or hold steady.
She anchored the tent to the ground with ropes and stakes.
synonyms:
fix, secure
similar words:
bind, fasten, hook, moor
definition 2: to keep a boat in place with an anchor.
They anchored close to the island.
synonyms:
moor
similar words:
dwell, reside, rest
derivation: anchorable (adj.)
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