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sink 1

past tense sank past participle sunk
American English: /sɪŋk/
British English: /sɪŋk/

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (in water)
    (ship/stone)
    hundirse
    the sediment sinks to the bottom of the jar
    el sedimento se deposita en el fondo del frasco
    to leave somebody to sink or swim
    abandonar a alguien a su suerte
    we're both in this and we sink or swim together
    los dos estamos metidos en esto así que, o salimos a flote, o nos hundimos juntos
    Example sentences
    • The rock promptly sank below the surface, submerging the hook and its bait.
    • It skipped several times before it sunk down below the surface.
    • That part became waterlogged, so it sunk below the surface, but didn't lose its ability to float.
    Example sentences
    • What do you grab onto when the ship is sinking and the waters are closing over your head?
    • We kept getting closer and closer to the water as the ship sank.
    • The government's response was to distance itself from the tragedy, claiming repeatedly that the boat had sunk in Indonesian waters.
    1.2 (subside)to sink (into something)
    (building/foundations)
    hundirse (en algo)
    he sank back into the chair
    se arrellanó en el sillón
    I sank (down) onto a bench
    me dejé caer en un banco
    he sank to his knees
    cayó de rodillas
    she sank to the floor
    se desplomó en el suelo
    the cliffs sank below the horizon
    los acantilados se perdieron en el horizonte
    Example sentences
    • Walking was tiresome as his feet sank into the surface by 4 or 5 inches every step.
    • As I walked in my feet sank into the thick cream carpet.
    • The waves slowly rolled over her feet as they sunk into the wet sand.
    Example sentences
    • In May 1884 C.W. Marsh was sinking a trial shaft hoping to find gold but only found indications of fossils.
    • Three shafts had been sunk, the deepest more than forty metres.
    • The shaft had been sunk an additional 2,518 feet since the start of the project and now had an inclined depth of 6,818 feet.
    1.3 (lapse) (person)to sink into something
    hundirse en algo
    the family had sunk into poverty
    la familia se había hundido en la miseria
    she sank into a coma she sank back into obscurity
    volvió a caer en el olvido
  • 2 (fall, drop)
    (water/level)
    descender
    bajar
    (price/value)
    caer a pique
    (attendance/output/morale)
    decaer
    bajar
    her voice sank to a whisper
    su voz se convirtió en un susurro
    the pound has sunk to an all-time low
    la libra ha alcanzado el nivel más bajo en la historia
    she has sunk in my estimation
    ha bajado en mi estima
    Example sentences
    • We were nearing one of Italy's most horrid swamps, and the ground beneath us sank freely underneath our feet.
    • It is that time of year when the sun sinks lower in the sky and thoughts of the culturally cognizant turn once again to the 17th Annual Vancouver Fringe Festival.
    • In the evenings we gathered on the porch as the sun sank low and watched the animals come in.
    Example sentences
    • As the Protestant middle classes began to withdraw from Unionist politics, the quality of the candidates sank and the party stagnated.
    • Shares in high profile orange juice company Charlie's have sunk 33 percent in value in the past two days.
    • Conversely, falling values will see the same line sinking toward the 0 value.
  • 3 3.1 (decline) she's sinking fast
    se está apagando rápidamente
    3.2 (degenerate)
    degradarse
    I'd never sink so low
    nunca caería tan bajo
    3.3 (be discouraged) my heart sank
    se me cayó el alma a los pies
    he walked toward her with (a) sinking heart that sinking feeling (British English)
    esa desazón
    ese desaliento

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    (ship)
    hundir
    (object/body)
    hundir
    sumergir
    Example sentences
    • One Carthaginian sea captain sank his ship rather than let his charts fall into Roman hands.
    • Submarines were supposed to surface and give crews time to abandon ship before sinking their vessels.
    • So, Ford wants to sink the ship rather than allow the flagship of the Russian sub fleet get into enemy hands.
    1.2 (ruin)
    (plan/business)
    hundir
    hacer naufragar
    acabar con
    (person)
    hundir
    acabar con
    Example sentences
    • Nevertheless, although the movie's self-importance causes the project to take on water, it fails to sink it.
    • The bid was finally sunk last weekend when the existing course could not stand up to torrential rain.
    • Their public revelation of the deal's contents even before the votes were cast looked very much like a bid to sink a free and open election.
    Example sentences
    • Exhausted, Ben sank into the chair and dropped his head against the bed.
    • The attack continued even when the man had sunk to his knees.
    • She struggled to get up but failed miserably as she sunk back down.
    1.3 (immerse)to sink somebody in something
    sumir a alguien en algo
    the news sank us all in gloom
    la noticia nos sumió a todos en la tristeza
  • 2 (bury, hide)
    (pipe/cable)
    enterrar
    esconder
    Example sentences
    • He has appealed to all doctors to sink their differences and come together in the larger interests of the doctors' community.
    • Where village welfare is concerned, these fishermen sink their differences and work together for the overall good of everyone.
    • The sheikh also hoped that the leaders will try to sink their differences for the best interest of the movement.
    Example sentences
    • Gaining what we presume is the Alexandra Glacier, we rope up and simul-climb for the next three hours, occasionally sinking an ice screw.
    • This smooth and more experienced screwdriver had strengths mine did not, and it sunk the remaining loose screws deep into the wood.
    • A hammer might sink a screw, but a screwdriver would be more efficient and effective.
  • 3 3.1 (drive in)to sink something in/into somethingthe dog sank its teeth into my thigh
    el perro me clavó or me hincó los dientes en el muslo
    she sank the knife into his back
    le hundió or le clavó el cuchillo en la espalda
    Example sentences
    • The dog sinks his teeth into the young man's meatballs.
    • There's nothing your native Korean likes better than to sink his teeth into a dog, a reversal of the age-old trend.
    • He snaps at her with his sharp teeth and sinks them into her paw.
    3.2 (excavate)
    (shaft)
    abrir
    excavar
    (well)
    perforar
    abrir
  • 4 (invest)to sink something in/into something
    invertir algo en algo
  • 5 5.1 (Sport)
    (ball/putt)
    meter (en el hoyo)
    he sank two baskets
    encestó dos veces
    Example sentences
    • Clarkie sank a ball and snookered Dave but this just made him play with more determination.
    • Gray got a snooker, then sank the last red, potted a great black and cleared up to win the frame 54-53 for 8-8.
    • What kind of professional pool player doesn't know that you have to sink the black ball last?
    Example sentences
    • Your best chance for making birdies is to sink some long putts - and avoid the dreaded three-putt.
    • We got to the end of the first hole and Warren sank a putt for par.
    • Scott was in the same bunker and got out and sank a good putt for a birdie.
    5.2 (drink)
    (British English) [colloquial]
    tragarse [colloquial]
    zamparse [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The men were moved to sink their drinks and shuffle to a safer distance.
    • They perform in each one, sink a few drinks, and move on.
    • The Barbarians skipper Ian Jones will have sunk a few beers last night as the incomparable Kiwi had just played his last game of rugby.
  • 6 (forget)
    olvidar
    dejar a un lado
    to sink one's differences
    olvidar or dejar a un lado sus ( or nuestras etc) diferencias

Phrasal verbs

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verb + adverb
[colloquial]I can't believe we've won, it hasn't sunk in yet
todavía no me convenzo de que hayamos ganado
it finally sank in that we weren't going to get paid
finalmente nos dimos cuenta or caímos en la cuenta de que no nos iban a pagar
it still hasn't sunk in that he's dead
todavía no ha ( or han etc) asumido el hecho de que ha muerto

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sink 2

noun

  • 2 (evil place) [literary]a sink of wickedness
    un antro de perdición

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