Definition of sunk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of sink


\ ˈsəŋk How to pronounce sunk (audio) \

Definition of sunk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : depressed in spirits

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Synonyms for sunk

Synonyms: Adjective

dead, done, done for, doomed, finished, kaput (also kaputt), ruined

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Examples of sunk in a Sentence


all our savings went for lottery tickets, and now we're sunk

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The time one spends making a decision, whether or not to leave that relationship or grocery line, is not considered part of the sunk cost; only time invested after the decision is made is taken into account. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Why It’s So Hard to Junk Bad Decisions—Edging Closer to Understanding “Sunk Cost”," 12 July 2018 Sweis and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota were specifically interested in how sunk cost impacts decision-making—not just in humans, but in rats and mice, too. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Why It’s So Hard to Junk Bad Decisions—Edging Closer to Understanding “Sunk Cost”," 12 July 2018 Also, Wembley is not set up for American football, and Khan could renovate (putting in a sunk turf field underneath the soccer pitch, adding new locker rooms) to rectify that. Albert Breer,, "By Buying Wembley, Is Shad Khan Setting the Stage for a Jaguars’ Move to London?," 26 Apr. 2018 Abate said that Public Squares won't be profiting from the record; there will be some sunk costs. Anne Nickoloff,, "Cleveland rock band Public Squares releases square-shaped vinyl for Record Store Day," 20 Apr. 2018 In lieu of deep-sunk roots, Stephane Lauvergne gave his son a dream. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs’ Lauvergne a real-life globetrotter," 8 Jan. 2018 Amazon has too many sunk costs here and Seattle offers too many advantages. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s second headquarters: Expect the unexpected," 7 Sep. 2017 The hitters showed up seven weeks into a sunk season. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: It's up to Commissioner Rob Manfred to save the Marlins and baseball in South Florida | Commentary," 2 June 2017 Others argue that the technology is relatively new and expensive, and that investing in new plants today will mean sunk costs that might look wasteful in the near future. Lauren Williams, Orange County Register, "Turning ocean into drinking water: How it works, what it costs and is it safe?," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sunk


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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past tense and past participle of sink

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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