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"sink" in British English

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sinkverb

uk   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 ​softsubstance: The Titanic was a ​passengership which sank (to the ​bottom of the ​ocean) in 1912. The ​legs of the ​gardenchair sank into the ​softground. 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 ​lowerlevel: The ​sunglowedred 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 ​woundedsoldier sank (= ​fell) to the ​ground. She sank back in her ​chair and ​closed her ​eyes. He sank intodeepdespair (= ​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 ​holedug into the ​ground: Sinking more ​wells is the ​best way of ​supplying the ​population with ​cleandrinkingwater. The first ​stage of ​building the ​fence is sinking the ​posts into the ​ground.
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sink verb (FAILURE)

[T] to ​cause something to ​fail or be in ​trouble: This ​rain could sink ​ourplans for the ​barbecue.

sinknoun [C]

uk   us   /sɪŋk/
A2 a ​bowl that is ​attached to the ​wall in a ​kitchen or ​bathroom in which you ​washdishes or ​yourhands, 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 ​boatfilled with ​water and ​began to sink. [T] It isn’t ​clearexactly what sank the ​ship.

sink verb (FALL)

[I/T] to ​fall or move to a ​lowerlevel: [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 ​theirteeth into something ​bite hard: I sank my ​teeth into the ​sandwich.

sink verb (DESTROY)

[T] to ​cause something to ​fail: A ​pricewar 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 ​lowerlevel: Bond ​prices sank and ​stocksrose today.sink to sth The ​dollar sank to a ​recordlow 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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