Definition of weigh anchor in English:

weigh anchor

(also raise anchor)


  • (of a ship) take up the anchor when ready to start sailing.

    • ‘The next day with good weather the ship weighed anchor to rendezvous with HMAS Sydney.’
    • ‘The ship weighed anchor as planned on April 18 after a visit which seemed all too short, and headed east on a passage of some 5,800 miles to Cairns in Australia.’
    • ‘This year, both Disney ships sold out their 875 staterooms throughout the summer, months before the ships weighed anchor.’
    • ‘There was a sharp tug and a few muffled cries of sailors as they docked the ship, weighing anchor and tying ropes the width of Cleo's arm to great posts on the dock wall.’
    • ‘Then, weigh anchor and set sail for Gibraltar.’
    set sail, put to sea, put out, put out to sea, leave port, leave dock, leave harbour, hoist sail, raise sail, weigh anchor, put off, shove off
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