sink1 [ sıŋk ] (past tense sank [ sæŋk ] ; past participle sunk [ sʌŋk ] ) verb **
▸ 1 go below water's surface
▸ 2 when sun gets lower
▸ 3 move to lower level
▸ 4 fall/sit/lie down
▸ 5 go down in value/amount
▸ 6 invest money
▸ 7 push something sharp into something
▸ 8 put ball in hole in game
▸ 9 do something wrong
▸ 10 become worse/sad
▸ 11 become quiet
1. ) intransitive to disappear below the surface of the water:
The ship sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a storm.
Do you think the cork will float or sink?
a ) transitive to make something, especially a boat, disappear below the surface of the water:
The enemy sank three ships last night.
b ) intransitive to go below the surface of a soft substance:
sink into: Our feet sank into the mud as we walked.
2. ) intransitive when the sun sinks, it gets lower in the sky until it disappears:
The sun was sinking in the west.
3. ) intransitive to move to a lower level:
The water level in the lake had sunk by several feet.
The porch on the old house was beginning to sink.
4. ) intransitive to fall, sit, or lie down:
sink into: When I got home, all I wanted to do was sink into a hot bath.
sink to your knees: He sank to his knees and begged for forgiveness.
sink to: The wounded deer sank to the ground.
5. ) intransitive to go down in value or amount:
The dollar sank even lower yesterday on world markets.
sink to: Agricultural production had sunk to its lowest level in years.
6. ) transitive to invest money in something because you hope you will make more money:
We've sunk several thousand dollars into the project so far.
7. ) transitive to push something sharp into something solid:
The cat sank its claws into my leg.
8. ) transitive in games such as golf or POOL, to put a ball into a hole:
He only has to sink the pink ball to win the game.
9. ) intransitive to do something wrong:
sink so low (as to): I never thought he would sink so low as to lie to me about it.
sink to (doing) something: How could you sink to stealing money from your own mother?
10. ) intransitive to become worse:
sinking fast: The patient is sinking fast and may not last through the night.
sink into crisis/chaos: Without a stable central government, the country is sinking into crisis.
sink into despair: As the search went on, Simon began to sink into despair.
a ) if your spirits sink, you become sad:
After reading the letter, my spirits sank even further.
b ) if your heart sinks, you lose hope:
Her heart sank when she heard the result.
11. ) intransitive to become quiet:
Their voices sank to a whisper.
be sunk
to be in a bad situation that will bring problems or defeat
sink a mine/well/hole etc.
to dig a deep hole in the ground:
Drilling companies are beginning to sink exploratory wells in the area.
sink or swim
to be left on your own to succeed or fail, without any help:
It's sink or swim in this business.
sink your teeth into something
1. ) to take a bite of something good to eat:
He couldn't wait to sink his teeth into the steak.
2. ) to get very involved in something:
What I'm looking for is a project I can really sink my teeth into.
sink without trace
if a boat sinks without trace, it sinks and cannot be found
,sink `in phrasal verb intransitive
to become completely understood:
She had to repeat her words several times before they finally sank in.
sink 2 [ sıŋk ] noun count **
a large open container for water, usually attached to a wall and connected to pipes that bring the water and carry it away:
a kitchen/bathroom/laundry sink
Just put the dirty dishes in the sink and I'll wash them later.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • sink — [siŋk] vi. sank or sunk, sunk, sinking [ME sinken < OE sincan, akin to Ger sinken < IE base * sengw , to fall, sink > Gr heaphthē, (he) sank] 1. to go beneath the surface of water, deep snow, soft ground, etc. so as to be partly or… …   English World dictionary

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  • sink\ in — • sink in • soak in v informal To be completely understood; be fully realized or felt. Everybody laughed at the joke but Joe; it took a moment for it to sink in before he laughed too. When Frank heard that war had started, it didn t sink in for a …   Словарь американских идиом

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