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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Not only does this make your sink a focal point in the kitchen, but the outside view can have a positive effect on your mental health. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Property Brothers Reveal The One Change That Makes People Love Their Kitchens So Much More," 25 Feb. 2019 When the temperatures start to sink into that dangerously cold category, is there anything better than a night in? Vogue, "Here’s What to Watch on Netflix in January," 17 Dec. 2018 Don't sink into the shoulders or lower past 90 degrees. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stepping up your training can boost your heart, lower-body muscles," 11 July 2018 Inmarsat sank as much as 9 percent in London on Tuesday. Thomas Seal, Bloomberg.com, "Eutelsat Won't Bid for Inmarsat, Clearing Way for EchoStar," 26 June 2018 Photo composite: Dom Amatore for The Wall Street Journal The Federal Reserve’s cautious shift may not be enough to sink the dollar. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Stays Resilient Despite Fed’s Caution," 22 Mar. 2019 Russia took the unusual step today of holding a press conference in an attempt to explain its side of a dispute that threatens to sink a decades-long arms control treaty. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Defends New Cruise Missile, Says It Doesn't Violate Any Arms-Control Treaties," 24 Jan. 2019 Similarly in the Senate, Republicans’ slim 51-49 majority means that Flake’s defection could be enough to help sink a nomination, or at the very least trigger a tie-breaker. Li Zhou, Vox, "Senate committee cancels votes on judicial nominees after Jeff Flake’s Mueller ultimatum," 29 Nov. 2018 Come here for a strong (and giant) gin and tonic or negroni around 4:30, when the sun starts sinking behind the hills. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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