sink in

sink in
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [singk in]
    • /sɪŋk ɪn/
    • /sɪŋk ɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [singk in]
    • /sɪŋk ɪn/

Definitions of sink in words

  • verb without object sink in to displace part of the volume of a supporting substance or object and become totally or partially submerged or enveloped; fall or descend into or below the surface or to the bottom (often followed by in or into): The battleship sank within two hours. His foot sank in the mud. Her head sinks into the pillows. 1
  • verb without object sink in to fall, drop, or descend gradually to a lower level: The river sank two feet during the dry spell. 1
  • verb without object sink in to settle or fall gradually, as a heavy structure: The tower is slowly sinking. 1
  • verb without object sink in to fall or collapse slowly from weakness, fatigue, distress, etc.: He gasped and sank to his knees. 1
  • verb without object sink in to slope downward; dip: The field sinks toward the highway. 1
  • verb without object sink in to go down toward or below the horizon: the sun sinks in the west. 1

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Origin of sink in

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; (v.) Middle English sinken, Old English sincan; cognate with Dutch zinken, German sinken, Old Norse sǫkkva, Gothic singkwan; (noun) late Middle English: cesspool, derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for Sink in


sink in popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for sink in

verb sink in

  • dawn on — If a fact or idea dawns on you, you realize it.
  • drill — a large, baboonlike monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of western Africa, similar to the related mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored: now endangered.
  • figure out — a numerical symbol, especially an Arabic numeral.
  • get through — to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.
  • get through to — reach: on phone

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