sunken

adjective
sunk·​en | \ ˈsəŋ-kən How to pronounce sunken (audio) \

Definition of sunken

1 : submerged especially : lying at the bottom of a body of water
2a : hollow, recessed sunken cheeks
b : lying in a depression a sunken garden
c : settled below the normal level
d : constructed below the normal floor level a sunken living room

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Examples of sunken in a Sentence

Her eyes were sunken and lifeless. our convalescing guest's sunken cheeks soon filled out on a diet of my mother's cooking

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Only seven people of the 35 on board the sunken vessel are known to have survived. Washington Post, "The Latest: Cruise ship in fatal crash returning to Budapest," 6 June 2019 In addition to all that, rapid heartbeat or breathing, sunken eyes, fever, confusion, or delirium can all be signs of severe dehydration. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 Underneath my eyes, my sleepy skin looks a bit sunken, and three lines like to show up and say hi every single morning—they're like temporary smile lines on my eyes. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Glossier Just Launched Bubblewrap, an Eye and Lip Plumping Cream I Got to Test First," 29 Apr. 2019 In the latter photo, Mr. White appears visibly ill, with no hair and sunken cheeks. WSJ, "U.S. Navy Veteran Detained in Iran for Months on ‘Private Complaint’," 25 Jan. 2019 Each suite has a large, comfortable bedroom, sunken lounge with cushions, sala, en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower, private deck and plunge pool. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 The sunken vessel was eventually found through underwater sonar surveys northwest of St. George, resting on its port side in some 250 feet of water. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Freezing spray probably sank Seattle-based Destination, NTSB finds," 12 July 2018 The home’s main level includes a kitchen and dining space that leads down to a sunken living room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home revolves around massive sculptural staircase," 5 Sep. 2018 Using this technique, submarines could send signals to passing aircraft, underwater robots could send information back to their operators, and crashed airplanes or sunken ships could send out messages to rescuers. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Clever New Tech Could Let Subs and Planes Talk Directly," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sunken

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sunken

Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink

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sunken

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sunken

: completely covered with water : lying at the bottom of a sea, lake, etc.
: curving inward because of illness, age, etc.
: lying or built at a lower level than the surrounding area

sunken

adjective
sunk·​en | \ ˈsəŋ-kən How to pronounce sunken (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunken

1 : fallen in : hollow Zero's face looked like a jack-o'-lantern … with sunken eyes and a drooping smile.— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : lying at the bottom of a body of water sunken ships
3 : built or settled below the surrounding or normal level a sunken garden

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