Synonyms of sink
2 go downDictionary • The boat was beginning to sink fast.
go down • The ship went down during a training exercise.
founder • Three ships foundered in heavy seas.
go under • The ship went under, taking with her all her crew.
submerge • Just as I shot at it, the crocodile submerged again.
3 descendDictionary • Far off to the west the sun was sinking.
descend • Disaster struck as the plane descended through the mist.
lower • They lowered the coffin into the grave.
dip • The sun dipped below the horizon.
, go up
, move up
, rise up
4 slumpDictionary • Kate laughed, and sank down again to her seat.
slump • I closed the door and slumped into a chair.
flop • She flopped, exhausted, on to a sofa.
droop • a young man with a drooping moustache
plonk yourself (informal)
5 fallDictionary • Pay increases have sunk to around seven per cent.
fall • Her weight fell to under seven stones.
drop • Temperatures can drop to freezing at night.
decline • a declining birth rate
slip • There is a general public belief that standards have slipped.
plunge • 50 people died when a bus plunged into a river.
plummet • The car plummeted off a cliff.
subside • Local officials say the flood waters have subsided.
relapse • In 90 per cent of cases the patient will relapse within six months.
abate • The storms soon abated.
6 dropDictionary • Her voice had sunk to a whisper.
drop • She let her head drop.
fall • Her father fell into the sea after a massive heart attack.
7 stoopDictionary • You know who you are, be proud of it and don't sink to his level.
stoop • He stooped to pick up the carrier bag of groceries.
descend • The path descended steeply to the rushing river.
be reduced to
demean yourself • I wasn't going to demean myself by answering him.
8 declineDictionary • He's still alive, but sinking fast.
decline • Her father's health has declined significantly in recent months.
die • My love for you will never die.
fade • After that all her worries faded away.
fail • He was 58 and his health was failing rapidly.
flag • His enthusiasm was in no way flagging.
weaken • Family structures are weakening and breaking up.
diminish • The threat of war has diminished.
decrease • Regular doses of aspirin decrease the risk of heart attack.
deteriorate • There are fears that the situation may deteriorate.
decay • The work ethic in this country has decayed over the past 30 years.
worsen • The security forces had to intervene to prevent the situation from worsening.
dwindle • The factory's workforce has dwindled.
lessen • Keep immunisations up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
degenerate • He degenerated into drug and alcohol abuse.
depreciate • The demand for foreign currency depreciates the real value of local currencies.
go downhill (informal)
, go up
, rise up
9 digDictionary • the site where Stephenson sank his first mineshaft
dig • Dig a large hole and bang the stake in.
bore • Get the special drill bit to bore the correct-size hole.
drill • I drilled five holes at equal distance.
drive • I used the sledgehammer to drive the pegs in.
lay • Lay a sheet of newspaper on the floor.
excavate • A team of archaeologists is excavating the site.
10 investDictionary • He has already sunk $25 million into the project.
invest • When people buy houses they're investing a lot of money.
11 drinkDictionary (British, informal) • She sank two glasses of white wine.
drink • He drank his cup of tea.
down (informal) • We downed several bottles of local wine.
swill • A crowd of men were standing around swilling beer.
quaff • The older guys quaff their breakfast cappuccinos.
destroy • The team destroyed their opponents in a one-sided game.
finish • I played well but I didn't finish him off.
defeat • He swore to defeat the plan.
ruin • Roads have been destroyed and crops ruined.
overwhelm • One massive Allied offensive would overwhelm the weakened enemy.
scupper (British, slang) • The entire deal will be scuppered.
be the ruin of
seal the doom of
PHRASAL VERB:▷ sink in
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abateIf something bad or undesirable abates, it becomes much less strong or severe.
• The storms soon abated.
basinA basin is the same as a washbasin.
• a cast-iron bath with a matching basin and WC
boreIf you bore a hole in something, you make a deep round hole in it using a special tool.
• Get the special drill bit to bore the correct-size hole.
Thesaurus for sink from the Collins English Thesaurus
to descend or cause to descend, esp beneath the surface of a liquid or soft substance
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