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to go down below the surface of water, mud etc
Their motorboat struck a rock and began to sink.
The kids watched as the coin
sank to the bottom of
The heavy guns sank up to their barrels in the mud.
to damage a ship so badly that it sinks
A luxury yacht was sunk in a bomb attack yesterday.
to move downwards to a lower level
behind the coconut palms.
Her chin sank onto her chest, and she looked despairing.
to fall down or sit down heavily, especially because you are very tired and weak
sink into/to/down/back etc
She let out a groan and sank into a chair.
He let go of her shoulders and she sank at once to the floor.
Marion sank down on a rock, and wept.
he went down into a kneeling position
intransitive always + adverb/preposition
to gradually get into a worse condition
They lost all their money and sank into desperate poverty.
The good mood left me and I sank into depression.
The doctor said that the boy was
getting weaker and about to die
your heart sinks
your spirits sink
used to say that you lose hope or confidence
His heart sank the way it always did when she left him.
She felt desperately tired, and her spirits sank.
to go down in amount or value
Shares in the company have sunk as low as 620p.
The population of the village sank to just a few families.
if your voice sinks, it becomes very quiet
Her voice sank to a whisper.
the unpleasant feeling that you get when you suddenly realize that something bad is going to happen
inside as I realized I was going to fail yet again.
to be in a situation where you are certain to fail or have a lot of problems
If I don't get paid by next week, I'll really be sunk.
sink without trace
especially British English
sink like a stone
especially American English
if something sinks without trace, it fails quickly or no one pays attention to it
He made a few records which all sank without trace.
sink so low
sink to doing something
to be dishonest enough or
enough to do something very bad or unfair
How could he have sunk so low?
use something sharp
to put your teeth or something sharp into someone's flesh, into food etc
sink something into something
into my arm.
She sank her fork into the pie.
dig into ground
if you sink something such as a well or part of a building, you dig a hole to put it into the ground
in the back garden, and water could be pumped up into the kitchen.
sink or swim
to succeed or fail without help from anyone else
They don't give you a lot of guidance - you're just left to sink or swim, really.
to spend a lot of money on something
sink something in/into something
They sank their entire savings into their house.
to put a ball into a hole or
in games such as
sink your differences
to agree to stop arguing and forget about your disagreements, especially in order to unite and oppose someone else
Nations must sink their differences to achieve greater security.
to drink alcohol, especially in large quantities
We sank a few pints at the pub first.
if information, facts etc sink in, you gradually understand them or realize their full meaning
He paused a moment for his words to sink in.
The implications of Labour's defeat were beginning to sink in.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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