Meaning of SINK in English

SINK

I.

noun

ADJECTIVE

▪ bathroom ( esp. AmE ), kitchen

▪ blocked ( esp. BrE ), clogged ( AmE )

▪ marble ( esp. AmE ), porcelain , stainless-steel

▪ double

The kitchen had a double ~.

VERB + SINK

▪ fill

She filled the ~ with hot water.

▪ block ( esp. BrE ), clog ( AmE )

▪ clear ( esp. BrE ), unblock ( esp. BrE ), unclog ( AmE )

▪ install

You can install a new ~ in the kitchen.

SINK + NOUN

▪ unit ( BrE )

▪ plunger ( BrE )

I bought a ~ plunger to clear the blocked kitchen sink.

▪ faucet ( AmE ), tap ( BrE )

▪ counter ( AmE )

the ~ counter in the bathroom

PREPOSITION

▪ at the ~

She was at the ~, washing the dishes.

▪ down the ~

Don't pour coffee grounds down the kitchen ~.

▪ in the ~

Put the dishes in the ~.

II.

verb

1 in water, mud, etc.

ADVERB

▪ slowly

▪ fast

Duane was in waist-deep and ~ing fast.

▪ down

She sank down into the soft soil.

▪ deep

His boots sank deep into the mud.

▪ nearly

The boat nearly sank under the increased weight.

VERB + SINK

▪ begin to , start to

PREPOSITION

▪ below , beneath

We watched the boat ~ beneath the waves.

▪ into

Our feet sank deep into the soft sand as we walked.

▪ to , up to

He sank up to his knees in the mud.

PHRASES

▪ ~ like a stone

The box sank like a stone.

▪ ~ or swim ( figurative )

In a situation like this, you either ~ or swim.

▪ ~ to the bottom (of sth)

The ship had sunk to the bottom of the sea.

▪ ~ under the weight (of sth) ( often figurative )

The airline industry is ~ing under the weight of its losses.

▪ ~ without trace

It seemed as though the ship had sunk without trace.

2 fall/sit down

ADVERB

▪ wearily

▪ gratefully

I sank gratefully into the warm, dry bed.

▪ gracefully

▪ low

The sun was ~ing lower.

▪ back , down

Dexter sank back into his seat.

PREPOSITION

▪ into

He sank lower into his chair.

▪ onto

She sank gracefully down onto a cushion at his feet.

PHRASES

▪ ~ below the horizon

The sun had sunk below the horizon.

▪ ~ to the floor , ~ to the ground

She sank to the ground and started to cry.

▪ ~ to your knees

He sank to his knees, grasping at his stomach.

3 become weaker/worse

ADVERB

▪ quickly , rapidly

Virgil rapidly sank into depression.

▪ gradually

The project gradually sank into oblivion.

PREPOSITION

▪ into

PHRASES

▪ ~ to a new low , ~ to new lows ( both figurative )

With this article the newspaper has sunk to a new low.

Sink is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ boat , ↑ foot , ↑ heart , ↑ index , ↑ ship , ↑ stock , ↑ submarine , ↑ sun , ↑ vessel

Sink is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ basket , ↑ capital , ↑ claw , ↑ fang , ↑ jaw , ↑ money , ↑ nail , ↑ pint , ↑ shaft , ↑ ship , ↑ tooth , ↑ vessel , ↑ warship , ↑ well

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