sink

verb
\ ˈsiŋk How to pronounce sink (audio) \
sank\ ˈsaŋk How to pronounce sank (audio) \ or sunk\ ˈsəŋk How to pronounce sunk (audio) \; sunk; sinking

Definition of sink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to go to the bottom : submerge
b : to become partly buried (as in mud)
c : to become engulfed
2a(1) : to fall or drop to a lower place or level
(2) : to flow at a lower depth or level
(3) : to burn with lower intensity
(4) : to fall to a lower pitch or volume his voice sank to a whisper
b : to subside gradually : settle
c : to disappear from view
d : to slope gradually : dip
3a : to soak or become absorbed : penetrate
b : to become impressively known or felt the lesson had sunk in
4 : to become deeply absorbed sank into reverie
5a : to go downward in quality, state, or condition
b : to grow less in amount or worth
6a : to fall or drop slowly for lack of strength
b : to become depressed
c : to fail in health or strength broadly : fail

transitive verb

1a : to cause to sink sink a battleship
b : to force down especially below the earth's surface
c : to cause (something) to penetrate
2 : immerse, absorb he sank himself into his studies
3a : to dig or bore (a well or shaft) in the earth : excavate
b : to form by cutting or excising sink words in stone
4 : to cast down or bring to a low condition or state : overwhelm, defeat
5 : to lower in standing or reputation : abase
6a : to lessen in value or amount
b : to lower or soften (the voice) in speaking
7 : restrain, suppress sinks her pride and approaches the despised neighbor— Richard Harrison
8 : to pay off (something, such as a debt) : liquidate
10 : drop sense 7c sink a putt sink a jump shot
11 chiefly British : to drink down completely
sink one's teeth into
1 : to bite into
2 : to eagerly devote one's attention to likes to sink her teeth into a good book

sink

noun

Definition of sink (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a pool or pit for the deposit of waste or sewage : cesspool
b : a ditch or tunnel for carrying off sewage : sewer
c : a stationary basin connected with a drain and usually a water supply for washing and drainage
2 : a place where vice, corruption, or evil collects
4a : a depression in the land surface especially : one having a saline lake with no outlet
b : sinkhole
5 : a body or process that acts as a storage device or disposal mechanism: such as
a : heat sink broadly : a device that collects or dissipates energy (such as radiation)
b : a reactant with or absorber of a substance forests are a sink for carbon dioxide

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Other Words from sink

Verb

sinkable \ ˈsiŋ-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce sinkable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sink in a Sentence

Verb

The passengers were rescued from the boat before it sank. The rock sank to the bottom of the pool. My foot sank into the deep mud. She sank up to her knees in the snow. The torpedo sank the ship. The sun sank behind the hills. She sank back into the cozy chair. The temperature sinks quickly after the sun sets. The lake's water level is slowly sinking. His strength is slowly sinking.

Noun

was able to rise above the inner-city sink that was his birthplace
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photos also were released of the Coast Guard sinking drug boats. Time, "Coast Guard Seizes 40,000 Pounds of Drugs on High Seas," 12 July 2019 The state’s wildlife agency has been sinking items to create artificial reefs for more than 40 years. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Turn about is fair play: Cain himself was robbed in the third inning when Bryan Reynolds ran down his sinking liner down the right-field line and reeled it in with a sliding attempt that carried him into the fence. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers get it together in 10th inning for victory after blowing five-run lead in ninth," 5 July 2019 Alex Verdugo followed with a sinking liner to left field that Hunter Renfroe caught on the run coming in. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lamet’s return is the positive in another Padres loss to Dodgers," 5 July 2019 Struggling with the loss of both the grandmother and aunt who raised her, Johnson started medicating the sinking feeling of grief with drugs. al.com, "50 years after Stonewall, black transwomen fight for change in Birmingham," 28 June 2019 In addition to a lively, sinking mid-90s fastball that pairs with a solid changeup and a serviceable slider, Kauffman’s an absolute gamer. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Early returns from Omaha indicate the Rockies drafted a gamer in right-hander Karl Kauffmann," 26 June 2019 Nicholas Castellanos sent a sinking liner to right-center, and Naquin made a diving catch, got to his feet and threw to first for a double play. Detroit Free Press, "Joe Jimenez, Detroit Tigers bullpen falter in 7-6 loss to Indians," 21 June 2019 Like sterile seeds Cast among weeds: Cheese boards and socks, Earrings and clocks — Already gone, A sinking dawn, Earth inside out. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "My Possessions," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of sink

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sink

Verb

Middle English, from Old English sincan; akin to Old High German sinkan to sink

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sink

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to go down below the surface of water, mud, etc.
: to cause (a ship or boat) to go down below the surface of water
: to move down to a lower position

sink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wide bowl that has a faucet for water and a drain at the bottom and is usually positioned in a counter or on a pedestal

sink

verb
\ ˈsiŋk How to pronounce sink (audio) \
sank\ ˈsaŋk \ or sunk\ ˈsəŋk \; sunk; sinking

Kids Definition of sink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move or cause to move downward so as to be swallowed up The ship sank.
2 : to fall or drop to a lower level They both sank gratefully to the floor.— Jane Yolen, The Devil's Arithmetic
3 : to penetrate or cause to penetrate He sank an ax into the tree.
4 : to go into or become absorbed Water sank into the ground.
5 : to become known or felt She had to let the news sink in.
6 : to lessen in amount The temperature sank.
7 : to form by digging or boring We'll sink a well for water.
8 : to spend (money) unwisely
9 : to descend into a feeling of sadness or dread When I realized I had not won, my heart sank.

sink

noun

Kids Definition of sink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wide bowl or basin attached to a wall or floor and having water faucets and a drain

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