intransitive verbsank or sunk, sunk, sink′ing
- to go beneath the surface of water, deep snow, soft ground, etc. so as to be partly or completely covered
- to go down slowly; fall or descend gradually
- to appear to fall or descend: the sun sinking in the west
- to become lower in level; diminish in height or depth: a lake that has sunk three inches
- to slope downward (from, to, etc.)
- to diminish or decrease in degree, volume, or strength; subside, as wind, flames, a sound, spirits, etc.
- to become lower in value or amount; lessen, as prices, funds, etc.
- to seem or become hollow or shrunken; recede, as the cheeks or eyes
- to pass gradually (into sleep, despair, lethargy, etc.)
- to become increasingly and dangerously ill; approach death; fail
- to lose position, wealth, prestige, dignity, etc.
- to lose or abandon one's moral values and stoop (to some unworthy action)
- to become absorbed; penetrate
Origin of sinkMiddle English sinken from Old English sincan, akin to German sinken from Indo-European base an unverified form sengw-, to fall, sink from source Classical Greek heaphth?, (he) sank
- to cause to submerge or go beneath the surface: to sink a boat, to sink the blade of a shovel into the ground
- to cause or allow to fall or go down; lower
- to make (a well, mine, engraved design, etc.) by digging, drilling, or cutting
- to cause to penetrate or become absorbed
- to reduce in volume, amount, degree, or intensity
- to invest (money, capital, etc.)
- to lose by investing
- to hold back, suppress, or conceal (evidence, identity, personal interests, etc.)
- to pay up (a debt)
- to cause to lose courage, strength, etc. or position, dignity, etc.
- to debase (character, dignity, etc.)
- to defeat; undo; ruin
- to put (a basketball, golf ball, pool ball, etc.) through the net, into the cup, into a pocket, etc.
- a cesspool or sewer
- any place or thing considered morally filthy or corrupted
- any of various basins, as in a kitchen, connected with a drainpipe and, usually, a water supply
- a repository or device for collecting, removing, or absorbing energy, heat, a specific substance, etc. from a system and then disposing of or dissipating it
- an area of slightly sunken land, esp. one in which water collects, often forming a salt lake, or disappears by evaporation or percolation into the ground
- sinkhole (sense )
Origin of sinkME sinke < the v.