a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent
Hypernyms: ↑word

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anaphor 7 [ˈænəfə(r)] [ˈænəfər] [ˈænəfɔː(r)] [ˈænəfɔːr] noun (grammar)
a word or phrase that refers back to an earlier word or phrase. For example, in the phrase ‘My mother said she was leaving’, ‘she’ is used as an anaphor for ‘my mother’
Word Origin:
[anaphor] 1970s: back-formation from anaphora.

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