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Meaning of “sunken” in the English Dictionary

"sunken" in British English

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sunkenadjective

uk   us   /ˈsʌŋ.kən/
having ​fallen to the ​bottom of the ​sea: They're ​diving for sunken treasure. at a ​lowerlevel than the ​surroundingarea: It was a ​luxuriousbathroom, with a sunken ​bath. (of ​eyes or ​cheeks) ​seeming to have ​fallenfurther into the ​face, ​especially because of ​tiredness, ​illness, or ​oldage: She ​lookedold and ​thin with sunken ​cheeks and ​holloweyes.

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

"sunken" in American English

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sunkenadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈsʌŋ·kən/
lying at the ​bottom of the ​sea or below a ​surroundingsurface: A few ​steps below the ​pathlay a ​beautiful sunken ​garden.
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