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

Synonyms for sunk

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of sunk in a Sentence

Adjective all our savings went for lottery tickets, and now we're sunk
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There is also the opportunity for organizations to connect freely via virtual communication, reducing the sunk cost of initial conversations. Dax Grant, Forbes, 13 June 2022 An additional 20 fans, about the size of small trucks, destined for Russia are sitting on her factory floor — a sunk cost of €350,000. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 If the Rockets just sit him now, perhaps the thinking is that that $36 million contract becomes a sunk cost? Rahat Huq, Chron, 15 Nov. 2021 The move didn’t eliminate the enormous cap hit the team faced from its disastrous long-term extension with Wentz, but ultimately Philadelphia recognized a sunk cost and moved on from the Wentz era. Howard Megdal, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Happy Customers Buy More Until recently, assisting customers was regarded as a sunk cost that dragged down the bottom line. Jeff Koyen, Forbes, 7 May 2021 And even though the money is a sunk cost, the Rangers do not have a history of releasing players with multiple years left remaining on long-term contracts. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2020 With his contract essentially a sunk cost and the team’s top pitching prospects on the cusp of debuting at some point this season, Zimmermann will have to stay healthy and pitch effectively to stick in the rotation. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2020 Since it’s already something of a sunk cost, oil-producing states’ request could present an opportunity for the federal government for a jobs program that will pass muster in red states. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 12 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sunk


1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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