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"sink" in British English

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sinkverb

uk   /sɪŋk/  us   /sɪŋk/ (sank or US also sunk, sunk)
  • sink verb (GO DOWN BELOW)

B1 [I or T] to (cause something or someone to) go down below the surface or to the bottom of a liquid or soft substance: The Titanic was a passenger ship which sank (to the bottom of the ocean) in 1912. The legs of the garden chair sank into the soft ground. Enemy aircraft sank two battleships. The dog sank her teeth into (= bit) the ball and ran off with it.
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  • sink verb (FALL)

B2 [I] to (cause something or someone to) fall or move to a lower level: The sun glowed red as it sank slowly below the horizon. Student numbers have sunk considerably this year.UK informal We sank (= drank) a bottle of wine each last night. The wounded soldier sank (= fell) to the ground. She sank back in her chair and closed her eyes. He sank into deep despair (= became very unhappy) when he lost his job.
[T] to hit a ball into a hole or pocket, especially in golf or snooker

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  • sink verb (DIG)

[T] to dig a hole in the ground, or to put something into a hole dug into the ground: Sinking more wells is the best way of supplying the population with clean drinking water. The first stage of building the fence is sinking the posts into the ground.
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sinknoun [C]

uk   /sɪŋk/  us   /sɪŋk/
A2 a bowl that is attached to the wall in a kitchen or bathroom in which you wash dishes or your hands, etc.: a bathroom/kitchen sink

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(Definition of sink from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sink" in American English

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sinkverb

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

sinknoun [C]

 us   /sɪŋk/
  • 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)

"sink" in Business English

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sinkverb

uk   us   /sɪŋk/ (sank, sunk)
[I] if prices, profits, shares, etc. sink, they fall to a lower level: Bond prices sank and stocks rose today.sink to sth The dollar sank to a record low against the euro. Shares sank 3% Wednesday to close at $39.35.
[I or T] to go under, or cause something to go under, the surface of the water: The tanker sank off the coast of Alaska. The explosion sank the ship in 300 feet of water.
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(Definition of sink from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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