how to pronounce anchor


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anchor is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of anchor in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it acted as a key anchor on overall …”

meanings of anchor


  1. A point that is touched by the draw hand or string when the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot.
  2. Any instrument serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, such as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a device to hold the end of a bridge cable etc.; or a device used in metalworking to hold the core of a mould in place.
  3. An anchorite or anchoress.
  4. The final runner in a relay race.
  5. A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
  6. Representation of the nautical tool, used as a heraldic charge.
  7. A superstore or other facility that serves as a focus to bring customers into an area.
  8. A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.
  9. One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges.
  10. An anchorman or anchorwoman.
  11. One of the calcareous spinules of certain holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
  12. The combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, bill/peak and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.).
  13. Alternative form of anker.
  14. The thirty-fifth Lenormand card.
  15. A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  16. That which gives stability or security.
  17. Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; part of the ornaments of certain mouldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament.
  18. A defensive player, especially one who counters the opposition's best offensive player.
  19. Brake of a vehicle.
  20. An iron device so shaped as to grip the bottom and hold a vessel at her berth by the chain or rope attached. (FM 55-501).


  1. To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
  2. To perform as an anchorman or anchorwoman.
  3. To cast anchor; to come to anchor.
  4. To connect an object, especially a ship or a boat, to a fixed point.
  5. To be stuck; to be unable to move away from a position.
  6. To stop; to fix or rest.


  1. A male given name.

anchor frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word anchor occurs in english on average 8.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics anchor can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that anchor can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) transport and travel;

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