Synonyms of sink in English:



  • 1 the coffin sank below the waves
    become submerged, be engulfed, go down, drop, fall, descend
    the coffin sank below the waves
    [Antonyms] float rise
  • 2 the cruise liner sank yesterday
    founder, go under, submerge
  • 6 the plane sank toward the airstrip
    descend, drop, go down/downward
    the plane sank toward the airstrip
    [Antonyms] ascend
  • 7 the sun was sinking
    set, go down/downward
    the sun was sinking
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 9 her voice sank to a whisper
    fall, drop, become/get quieter, become/get softer
    her voice sank to a whisper
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 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
    he was sinking fast
    [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


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


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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

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