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Synonyms of sink in English:


  • 1 the coffin sank below the waves
    become submerged, be engulfed, go down, drop, fall, descend
    [Antonyms] float, rise
  • 2 the cruise liner sank yesterday
    founder, go under, submerge
  • 3 they sank their ships
    scuttle, send to the bottom;
  • 4 the announcement sank hopes of a recovery
    destroy, ruin, wreck, put an end to, demolish, smash, shatter, dash
    informal put the kibosh on, put paid to
    informal scupper
    archaic bring to naught
  • 5 I sank myself in student life
    immerse, submerge, plunge, lose, bury
  • 6 the plane sank toward the airstrip
    descend, drop, go down/downward
    [Antonyms] ascend
  • 7 the sun was sinking
    set, go down/downward
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 8 Loretta sank into an armchair
    lower oneself, flop, collapse, fall, drop down, slump
    informal plunk oneself
  • 9 her voice sank to a whisper
    fall, drop, become/get quieter, become/get softer
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 10 she would never sink to your level
  • 11 he was sinking fast
    deteriorate, decline, fade, grow weak, flag, waste away;
    be at death's door, be on one's deathbed, be slipping away
    informal go downhill, be on one's last legs, be giving up the ghost
    [Antonyms] recover, improve
  • 12 sink the pots into the ground
    embed, insert, drive, plant
  • 13 sinking a gold mine
    dig, excavate, bore, drill
  • 14 they sank their life savings into the company
    invest, venture, risk
  • noun

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  • 1 he washed himself at the sink
    basin, wash basin
    dated lavabo
  • Usage

    sink, sank, sunk, sunken

    Historically, the past tense of sink has been both sank and sunk ( the boat sank; the boat sunk), and the past participle has been both sunk and sunken ( the boat had already sunk; the boat had already sunken). In modern English, the past is generally sank and the past participle is sunk, with the form sunken now surviving only as an adjective, as in a sunken garden or sunken cheeks


    sink in
    bad news like this often takes time to sink in
    register, be understood, be comprehended, be grasped, get through
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