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English definition of “sink”

sink

verb  /sɪŋk/ (past tense sank  /sæŋk/ or sunk  /sʌŋk/, past participle sunk  /sʌŋk/) us  

sink verb (GO BELOW WATER)

[I/T] to move below the surface of water: [I] The boat filled with water and began to sink. [T] It isn’t clear exactly what sank the ship.

sink verb (FALL)

[I/T] to fall or move to a lower level: [I] The sun sank slowly below the horizon. [I] Exhausted after the race, she sank to the ground. [I] My feet sink into the sand with every step. [I] Gasoline prices sank last year. [I] Relations between the countries have sunk to a new low. [I/T] To sink a ball is to hit it into a hole, as in golf and pool, or throw it through a hoop (= ring with a net) in basketball. sink their teeth into People or animals who sink their teeth into something bite hard: I sank my teeth into the sandwich.

sink verb (DESTROY)

[T] to cause something to fail: A price war sank the company. I thought these issues would sink his career.

sink

noun [C]  /sɪŋk/ us  

sink noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a container for water in a kitchen or bathroom used for washing and connected to pipes that bring and carry off water
(Definition of sink from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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