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sink1 / singk/ • v. (past sank / sangk/ sunk / ngk/ ; past part. sunk / ngk/ ) 1. [intr.] go down below the surface of something, esp. of a liquid; become submerged: he saw the coffin sink below the surface of the waves. ∎  (of a ship) go to the bottom of the sea or some other body of water because of damage or a collision: the trawler sank with the loss of all six crew members. ∎ fig. disappear and not be seen or heard of again: the film sank virtually without trace. ∎  [tr.] cause (a ship) to go to the bottom of the sea or other body of water: a freak wave sank their boat near the shore. ∎  [tr.] fig. cause to fail: she apparently wishes to sink the company. ∎  [tr.] fig. conceal, keep in the background, or ignore: they agreed to sink their differences. 2. [intr.] descend; drop: Sam felt the ground sinking beneath his feet | you can relax on the veranda as the sun sinks. ∎  (of a person) lower oneself or drop gently: she sank back onto her pillow. ∎  gradually penetrate the surface of something: her feet sank into the thick pile of the carpet. ∎  (sink in) fig. (of words or facts) be fully understood or realized: Peter read the letter twice before its meaning sank in. ∎  [tr.] (sink something into) cause something sharp to penetrate (a surface): the dog sank its teeth into her arm. 3. [intr.] gradually decrease or decline in value, amount, quality, or intensity: their output sank to a third of the prewar figure | the reputation of the mayor sank to a very low level. ∎  lapse or fall into a particular state or condition, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant: he sank into a coma after suffering a brain hemorrhage. ∎  be overwhelmed by a darker mood; become depressed: her heart sank as she thought of Craig. ∎  approach death: the doctor concluded that Sanders was sinking fast. 4. [tr.] insert beneath a surface by digging or hollowing out: rails attached with screws sunk below the surface of the wood. ∎  excavate (a well) or bore (a shaft) more or less vertically downward: they planned to sink a gold mine in Oklahoma. ∎  pocket (a ball) in billiards. ∎  Golf hit the ball into the hole with (a putt or other shot). ∎  [tr.] insert into something: Kelly stood watching, her hands sunk deep into her pockets. ∎  [intr.] (of eyes) appear unusually deep or receded: her eyes had sunk deep into their sockets. 5. [tr.] (sink something into) put money or energy into (something); invest something in: many investors sank their life savings into the company. PHRASES: a (or that) sinking feeling an unpleasant feeling caused by the realization that something unpleasant or undesirable has happened or is about to happen. sink or swim fail or succeed entirely by one's own efforts.DERIVATIVES: sink·a·ble adj. sink·age / ˈsingkij/ n. sink2 • n. a fixed basin with a water supply and a drain. ∎  short for sinkhole. ∎  a pool or marsh in which a river's water disappears by evaporation or percolation. ∎  technical a body or process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a particular component from a system; the opposite of source: a heat sink the oceans can act as a sink for CO2. ∎ fig. a place of vice or corruption: a sink of unnatural vice, pride, and luxury.

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sink pt. sank, pp. sunk, sunken be submerged; drop to a lower level OE.; trans. (repl. ME. senchen, OE. senćan) XIII. OE. str. vb. sincan = OS., OHG. sinkan (Du. zinken, G. sinken), ON. sǫkkva, Goth. sigqan; of unkn. orig.
Hence sink sb. †pit for the receipt of water, conduit XV; basin, etc. of stone, etc. having an escape pipe for water XVI (also fig.).

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sink A natural reservoir that can receive energy or materials without undergoing change.

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