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  1. sink
  2. verb

    • 1. go down below the surface of something, especially of a liquid; become submerged:

      he saw the coffin sink below the surface of the waves
      Synonym : become submerged, be engulfed, go down, drop, fall, descend, disappear, vanish
    • 2. (of a ship) go to the bottom of the sea or some other body of water because of damage or a collision:

      the trawler sank with the loss of all six crew members
      Synonym : founder, go under, submerge, capsize
    • 3. cause (a ship) to go to the bottom of the sea or other body of water:

      a freak wave sank their boat near the shore
      Synonym : scupper, scuttle, send to the bottom, open the seacocks in
    • 4. disappear and not be seen or heard of again:

      the film sank virtually without trace
    • 5. cause to fail:

      she apparently wishes to sink the company
      Synonym : destroy, ruin, wreck, put an end to, be the ruin/ruination of, wreak havoc on, demolish, devastate, blast, blight, smash, shatter, dash, torpedo, scotch, sabotage, put the kibosh on, put the skids under, put paid to, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, scupper, dish, throw a spanner in the works of, throw a monkey wrench in the works of, euchre, cruel, bring to naught
    • 6. conceal, keep in the background, or ignore:

      they agreed to sink their differences
      Synonym : ignore, overlook, disregard, forget, put aside, set aside, put to one side, bury, consign to oblivion
    • 7. descend; drop:

      you can relax on the veranda as the sun sinks Sam felt the ground sinking beneath his feet
      Synonym : descend, drop, go down/downward, come down/downward, go lower, fall, plunge, plummet, pitch, fall headlong, nosedive, set, go down/downward, dip beneath the horizon, descend
    • 8. (of a person) lower oneself or drop gently:

      she sank back onto her pillow
      Synonym : lower oneself, flop, collapse, drop down, slump, plump oneself, plonk oneself, plop oneself, plank oneself
    • 9. gradually penetrate into the surface of something:

      her feet sank into the thick pile of the carpet
    • 10. gradually decrease or decline in value, amount, quality, or intensity:

      their output sank to a third of the prewar figure the reputation of the mayor sank to a very low level
      Synonym : fall, drop, become/get lower, become/get quieter, become/get softer
    • 11. lapse or fall into a particular state or condition, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant:

      he sank into a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage
    • 12. approach death:

      the doctor concluded that Sanders was sinking fast
      Synonym : deteriorate, decline, fade, fail, weaken, grow weak, flag, languish, degenerate, decay, waste away, be at death's door, be on one's deathbed, be breathing one's last, be about to die, be approaching death, be slipping away, have one foot in the grave, be in extremis, become moribund, go downhill, be on one's last legs, be giving up the ghost
    • 13. insert beneath a surface by digging or hollowing out:

      rails attached with screws sunk below the surface of the wood
      Synonym : embed, insert, drive, place, put down, plant, position
    • 14. cause something sharp to penetrate (a surface):

      the dog sank its teeth into her arm
    • 15. insert into something:

      Kelly stood watching, her hands sunk deep into her pockets
    • 16. excavate (a well) or bore (a shaft) more or less vertically downward:

      they planned to sink a gold mine in Oklahoma
      Synonym : dig, excavate, bore, drill
    • 17. hit (a ball) into a hole in golf or billiards.

    • 18. (in golf) hit the ball into the hole with (a putt or other shot):

      he sank a four-foot birdie putt at the fifth hole
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: sink, 3rd person present: sinks, gerund or present participle: sinking, past tense: sank, past participle: sunk

    • verb

      violently break (something) into pieces:

      be violently broken into pieces; shatter:

    • noun

      an act or sound of something smashing:

      a violent collision or impact between vehicles:

    • noun

      an uncastrated male sheep.

      the zodiacal sign or constellation Aries.

    • verb

      roughly force (something) into place:

      (of a vehicle or vessel) be driven violently into (something, typically another vehicle or vessel) in an attempt to stop or damage it:

    • noun

      a sum of money placed or kept in a bank account, usually to gain interest.

      a sum payable as a first installment on the purchase of something or as a pledge for a contract, the balance being payable later:

    • verb

      put or set down (something or someone) in a specific place, typically unceremoniously:

      (of water, the wind, or other natural agency) lay down (matter) gradually as a layer or covering:

    • noun

      help or support:

      a person or thing that can be called on if necessary; a reserve:

    • noun

      a small two-winged fly that is often seen in swarms near water or marshy areas where it breeds.

      any of a number of small flies whose larvae can be pests of plants, typically producing galls or damaging leaves.

    • noun

      soft, sticky matter resulting from the mixing of earth and water.

      information or allegations regarded as damaging, typically concerned with corruption:

    • noun

      a semiliquid mixture of flour, egg, and milk or water used in cooking, especially for making cakes or for coating food before frying:

      a damaged area of metal type or a printing block.

    • verb

      cause or allow a toxic substance to enter (water, the air, etc.):

      have a damaging effect on:

    • noun

      a cooling of the water in the equatorial Pacific, which occurs at irregular intervals, and is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns complementary to those of El Niño, but less extensive and damaging in their effects.
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