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v. sank, often, sunk; sunk sunk•en; sink•ing; v.i.
If something sinks, it moves slowly downwards. Sink is especially used to say that something moves downwards below the surface of water.
To sink a ship means to cause it to sink.
The past tense of sink is sank, not 'sunk' or 'sinked'. The past participle is sunk
Sunken is an adjective, used in front of a noun. You use it to describe things which have sunk to the bottom of the sea or a lake.
Past participle: sunk
|Noun||1.||sink - plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe|
drain basket - a filter in a sink drain; traps debris but passes water
kitchen sink - a sink in a kitchen
plumbing fixture - a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building
|2.||sink - (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system; "the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"|
heat sink - a metal conductor specially designed to conduct (and radiate) heat
applied science, engineering science, technology, engineering - the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems; "he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study"
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
source - (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide"
|3.||sink - a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof|
|4.||sink - a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it|
cistern - an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
|Verb||1.||sink - fall or descend to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees"|
fall off, slump, sink - fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; "The real estate market fell off"
drop - let fall to the ground; "Don't drop the dishes"
change posture - undergo a change in bodily posture
|2.||sink - cause to sink; "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"|
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
settle - cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)
|3.||sink - pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into nirvana"|
move - go or proceed from one point to another; "the debate moved from family values to the economy"
|4.||sink - go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"|
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
sink - cause to sink; "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"
founder - sink below the surface
|5.||sink - descend into or as if into some soft substance or place; "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair"|
|6.||sink - appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line"|
subside - sink to a lower level or form a depression; "the valleys subside"
decline - go down; "The roof declines here"
|7.||sink - fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; "The real estate market fell off"|
drop - go down in value; "Stock prices dropped"
|8.||sink - fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank"|
|9.||sink - embed deeply; "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap"|
embed, imbed, implant, plant, engraft - fix or set securely or deeply; "He planted a knee in the back of his opponent"; "The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum"
descend arise, ascend, rise, climb, go up, move up, rise up
decline rise, increase, grow, improve, go up, swell, intensify, wax, enlarge, rise up
sink1 [sɪŋk] (sank (pt) (sunk (pp)))
to be sunk → estar perdido
to sink a post two metres into the ground → fijar un poste dos metros bajo tierra
she sunk her face into her hands → hundió la cara en las manos
his eyes were sunk deep into their sockets → tenía los ojos hundidos
let's sink our differences → hagamos las paces, olvidemos nuestras diferencias
I sank my knife into the cheese → hundí or clavé el cuchillo en el queso
he sank his teeth into my arm → me hincó los dientes en el brazo
the body sank to the bottom of the lake → el cadáver se hundió en el fondo del lago
the yeast sinks to the bottom in beer → la levadura se deposita en el fondo de la cerveza
to sink out of sight → desaparecer
to sink without trace (fig) → desaparecer sin dejar rastro
to leave sb to sink or swim → abandonar a algn a su suerte
we're all in the same boat and we sink or swim together → todos estamos en la misma situación, y una de dos: o nos hundimos o salimos a flote juntos
to sink to one's knees → caer de rodillas
I sank into a deep sleep → caí en un sueño profundo
she would sometimes sink into depression → a veces se sumía en la depresión
he sank deeper into debt → se hundió más y más en las deudas
to sink into poverty → hundirse or caer en la miseria
my heart sank → se me cayó el alma a los pies
her spirits sank lower and lower → tenía la moral cada vez más baja
I sank back onto the pillows → me puse cómodo en las almohadas
to sink down into a chair → apoltronarse or arrellanarse en un sillón
to sink down on one's knees → caer de rodillas, arrodillarse
he sank down (out of sight) behind the bush → se agachó detrás del matorral
it hasn't sunk in that he's gone forever → aún no ha asimilado or asumido el hecho de que se ha ido para siempre
sink unit N → fregadero m
The government sank wells for the villagers → Le gouvernement fit creuser des puits pour les villageois.
to sink a post into the ground → enfoncer un poteau dans le sol
to sink one's teeth into sth [+ steak, cake, sandwich] → mordre à belles dents dans qch
The dog sank its teeth into her leg
BUT Le chien la mordit à la jambe.
to sink into the mud → s'enfoncer dans la boue
it's sink or swim → ça passe ou ça casse
He sank into a chair → Il s'affala sur une chaise., Il se laissa tomber sur une chaise.
She sank to her knees in exhaustion → Elle tomba à genoux d'épuisement.
to sink to the floor → s'effondrer
to sink to a whisper
Her voice sank to a whisper → Sa voix se changea en murmure.
her spirits sank lower and lower → elle avait de moins en moins le moral
It took a long time to sink in → Il a fallu longtemps pour que ça rentre.
It took a moment or two for her words to sink in → Il a fallu un petit moment avant que ses mots ne fassent leur effet.
The economy sank into chaos → L'économie sombra dans le chaos.
to sink into a deep sleep → sombrer dans un profond sommeil
to sink into a coma → sombrer dans le coma
sink1 pret <sank>, ptp <sunk>
sink1 [sɪŋk] (sank (pt) (sunk (pp)))
to be sunk (fam) → essere nei guai
I'm sunk without it → se non ce l'ho sono perso
to be sunk in thought → essere immerso/a nei propri pensieri
to be sunk in despair → essere assolutamente disperato/a
let's sink our differences → accantoniamo le divergenze
to sink to the bottom (ship) → colare a picco
to sink to one's knees → cadere in ginocchio
he sank into a chair/the mud → sprofondò in una poltrona/nel fango
the water sank slowly into the ground → l'acqua è penetrata lentamente nel terreno
she's sinking fast (dying) → deperisce rapidamente
he has sunk in my estimation → è scaduto ai miei occhi
he was left to sink or swim (fig) → fu lasciato a cavarsela da solo
to sink like a stone → andar giù come un sasso
to sink out of sight → scomparire alla vista
the shares have or the share price has sunk to 3 dollars → le azioni sono crollate a 3 dollari
my heart or spirits sank → mi sentii venir meno
to sink down on one's knees → cadere in ginocchio
to sink down out of sight → scomparire
it hasn't sunk in yet (fig) → non mi rendo (or si rende ) ancora conto
it took a long time to sink in → ci ho (or ha ) messo molto a capirlo