Meaning of SINK in English

~ 1

■ verb ( past sank ; past participle sunk )

1》 go down below the surface of liquid; become submerged.

↘(with reference to a ship) go or cause to go to the bottom of the sea.

2》 fail and not be seen or heard of again.

↘cause to fail.

↘conceal or ignore: they agreed to ~ their differences.

3》 drop downwards.

↘lower oneself or drop down gently.

↘gradually decrease or decline in amount or intensity.

↘lapse or fall into a particular state or condition.

4》 ( ~ in ) (of words or facts) become fully understood.

5》 pocket (a ball) in snooker or billiards.

↘ Golf hit the ball into the hole with (a putt or other shot).

6》 insert beneath a surface.

↘( ~ something into ) cause something sharp to penetrate (a surface).

↘excavate (a well) or bore (a shaft) vertically downwards.

7》 ( ~ something in/into ) put money or energy into.

8》 Brit. informal rapidly consume (an alcoholic drink).


a (or that ) ~ing feeling an unpleasant bodily sensation caused by apprehension or dismay.

~ or swim fail or succeed by one's own efforts.


~able adjective

~age noun


OE sincan , of Gmc origin.


~ 2

■ noun

1》 a fixed basin with a water supply and outflow pipe.

2》 a pool or marsh in which a river's water disappears by evaporation or percolation.

↘ technical a body or process which absorbs or removes energy or a particular component from a system. The opposite of source .

3》 short for ~hole .

4》 [as modifier ] Brit. denoting a school or housing estate situated in a socially deprived area.


ME: from ~ 1 .

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