Sink meaning

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Sink is defined as to go down slowly, or to drop beneath the surface or normal level.

An example of to sink is to drop down to a D average in a class.

An example of to sink is for a boat to go beneath the surface of the water.

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To become weaker, quieter, or less forceful.

His voice sank to a whisper.

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The definition of a sink is a basin for water.

An example of a sink is where many people wash dishes.

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To pass into a specified condition.

She sank into a deep sleep.

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To go beneath the surface of water, deep snow, soft ground, etc. so as to be partly or completely covered.
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To invest or spend, often without getting a return or adequate value.

I've sunk a lot of money into that car.

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To slope downward; incline.

The road sinks as it approaches the stream.

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To cause to descend beneath the surface or to the bottom of a liquid.

Sink a ship.

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To debase the nature of; degrade.

The scandal has sunk him in the eyes of many.

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A water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe and generally a piped supply of water.
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To seem or become hollow or shrunken; recede, as the cheeks or eyes.
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To become increasingly and dangerously ill; approach death; fail.
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To hold back, suppress, or conceal (evidence, identity, personal interests, etc.)
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Any place or thing considered morally filthy or corrupted.
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A depression in land where water collects, with no visible outlet.
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To appear to move downward, as the sun or moon in setting.
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To make an impression; become felt or understood.

The meaning finally sank in.

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To cause to be engrossed.
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To bring to a low or ruined state; defeat or destroy.

Loss of advertising sank the newspaper.

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To suppress or hide.

He sank his arrogance and apologized.

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To defeat, as in a game.
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A sinkhole.
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A natural or artificial means of absorbing or removing a substance or a form of energy from a system.
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A place regarded as wicked and corrupt.

That city is a sink of corruption.

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To go down slowly; fall or descend gradually.
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To appear to fall or descend.

The sun sinking in the west.

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To diminish or decrease in degree, volume, or strength; subside, as wind, flames, a sound, spirits, etc.
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To become lower in value or amount; lessen, as prices, funds, etc.
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To pass gradually (into sleep, despair, lethargy, etc.)
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To become absorbed; penetrate.
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To cause to submerge or go beneath the surface.

To sink a boat, to sink the blade of a shovel into the ground.

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To cause or allow to fall or go down; lower.
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To make (a well, mine, engraved design, etc.) by digging, drilling, or cutting.
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To cause to penetrate or become absorbed.
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To reduce in volume, amount, degree, or intensity.
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To pay up (a debt)
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To defeat; undo; ruin.
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To put (a basketball, golf ball, pool ball, etc.) through the net, into the cup, into a pocket, etc.
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A cesspool or sewer.
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Any of various basins, as in a kitchen, connected with a drainpipe and, usually, a water supply.
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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.
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A part of the physical environment, or more generally any physical system, that absorbs some form of matter or energy. For example, a forest acts as a sink for carbon dioxide because it absorbs more of the gas in photosynthesis than it releases in respiration. Coral reefs are a long-lasting sink for carbon, which they sequester in their skeletons in the form of calcium carbonate.
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A device or place that accepts something. See heat sink, data sink and sink device.
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Also known as a receiver, a sink receives an information transfer originated by a transmitter. See also receiver, transceiver, and transmitter.
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(ergative) To descend or submerge (to cause to do so) into a liquid or similar substance.

A stone sinks in water.

The sun gradually sank in the west.

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To cause a vessel to sink, generally by making it no longer watertight.
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To push (something) into something.

The dog sank its teeth into the delivery man's leg.

The joint will hold tighter if you sink a wood screw through both boards.

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(intransitive, figuratively, of the human heart) To experience apprehension, disappointment, dread, or momentary depression.
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(snooker, pool, billiards, golf) To pot; hit a ball into a pocket or hole.
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(figuratively) To cause to decline; to depress or degrade.

To sink one's reputation.

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(slang, archaic) To conceal and appropriate.
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(slang, archaic) To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
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(slang, archaic) To reduce or extinguish by payment.

To sink the national debt.

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(intransitive) To be overwhelmed or depressed; to fail in strength.
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(intransitive) To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
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(intransitive) To demean or lower oneself; to do something below one's status, standards, or morals.
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A basin used for holding water for washing.
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A drain for carrying off wastewater.
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(geology) A sinkhole.
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A heat sink.
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A place that absorbs resources or energy.
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(baseball) The motion of a sinker pitch.

Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink.

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(computing, programming) An object or callback that captures events; event sink.
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(graph theory) A destination vertex in a transportation network.
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To pay off (a debt).
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A cesspool.
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sink (one's) teeth into
  • To undertake an endeavor energetically:.
    She sank her teeth into the challenging project.
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sink or swim
  • To fail or succeed without alternative.
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sink in
  • To be grasped by the mind, esp. with difficulty; be recognized or understood in full.
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Origin of sink

  • Middle English sinken from Old English sincan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English sincan, from Proto-Germanic *sinkwanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *sengÊ·- (“to fall, sink"). Compare West Frisian sinke, Low German sinken, Dutch zinken, German sinken, Danish synke, Swedish sjunka.

    From Wiktionary