The word "sink" can be either a noun or a verb.
As a verb, it’s irregular and changes as follows:
In this first set of examples, the verb "sink" means to go down, usually in water or some sort of soft material.
- Their boat is sinking.
- Our feet sank in the wet mud.
- The house is starting to sink on one side.
- The submarine was sunk by a torpedo fired by an enemy ship.
- Robb sank his teeth into a large hamburger.
"Sink" is also used when a person loses hope or experiences tragedy.
- Astrid’s heart sank when she heard the bad news.
- She got a sinking feeling that something bad had happened. (In this sentence, "sinking" is an adjective.)
In sports such as basketball or golf, "sink" is used when a ball goes through a net or a hole:
You can also use "sink" when making an investment:
- They sank $100,000 of their money into a business.
- Rhonda and Troy don’t want to sink any more money into their house because they might move.
- Sinking thousands of dollars into the stock market is a bad idea if you don’t know what you are doing.
The word "sink" can also be a noun. A sink looks like this:
- Bill shaves every morning in front of the bathroom sink.
- The kitchen sink is full of dishes that need to be washed.
- Rinse those dirty dishes in the sink before you put them in the dishwasher.
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This page was first published on December 21, 2013. It was updated on September 27, 2016.