1. (in the bathroom) 
a. el lavabo (M) 
Don't touch the sink. I just cleaned it with bleach.No toquen el lavabo; lo acabo de limpiar con lejía.
Wash your hands in the sink before having lunch.Lávate las manos en el lavamanos antes de comer.
2. (in the kitchen) 
Leave the dirty dishes in the sink.Deja los platos sucios en el fregadero.
b. la pila (F) 
Do the dishes in the sink.Lava los platos en la pila.
c. la pileta (F) 
Wash the glasses in the sink with dish soap.Lava los vasos en la pileta con jabón lavavajillas.
d. el lavaplatos (M) (Andes) (Chile) 
I need to get the sink repaired - it's got a crack.Tengo que hacer reparar el lavaplatos. Tiene una rajadura.
transitive verb
3. (to submerge) 
a. hundir 
The storm sank the ship.La tormenta hundió el barco.
4. (to ruin) 
The army sank the coup d'état.El ejército acabó con el golpe de estado.
5. (to open up) 
a. excavar 
They sank a tunnel into the mountain that connects both cities.Excavaron un túnel en la montaña que conecta ambas ciudades.
b. abrir 
I was ordered to sink a trench to put the line underground.Me mandaron abrir una zanja para poner la línea bajo tierra.
6. (to bury) 
a. enterrar 
The pipes are sunk into the ground seven feet deep.Las tuberías están enterradas en el suelo a siete pies.
7. (to invest) 
a. invertir 
My parents are sinking a lot of money into my education.Mis padres están invirtiendo mucho dinero en mi educación.
8. (sports) 
a. embocar 
The golfer sank the ball in the hole and won the competition.El golfista embocó la pelota en el hoyo y ganó la competición.
b. meter 
The player sank two goals during the match.El jugador metió dos goles durante el partido.
9. (colloquial) (to down) (United Kingdom) 
a. tragarse 
We ate dinner, sank a couple of drinks, and went to bed exhausted.Cenamos, nos tragamos un par de copas y nos fuimos a dormir exhaustos.
intransitive verb
10. (to submerge) 
a. hundirse 
The stone sank to the bottom of the lake.La piedra se hundió hasta el fondo del lago.
11. (to slump) 
a. no direct translation 
I sank into the first seat I saw.Me arrellané en el primer asiento que vi.
I was so tired that I sank into my bed.Estaba tan cansado que me desplomé en la cama.
12. (to lapse) 
a. hundirse 
Their family had sunk into poverty.Su familia se había hundido en la miseria.
13. (to fall) 
The company's benefits sank last quarter.Los beneficios de la empresa cayeron en picado el trimestre pasado.
14. (to deteriorate) 
a. no direct translation 
His health was sinking, and he knew that his death was approaching.Su salud empeoraba y sabía que su muerte se estaba acercando.
The patient was sinking fast.El paciente estaba cada vez peor.
transitive verb
1. (ship) 
a. hundir 
to be sunk in thoughtestar abstraído(a)
2. (fam fig) 
a. no direct translation 
to be sunkestar perdido(a)
3. (well) 
a. cavar 
4. (shaft) 
a. excavar 
to sink one's teeth into somethinghundir or hincar los dientes en algo
to sink money into a projectinvertir mucho dinero en un proyecto
5. (colloquial) (United Kingdom) 
a. no direct translation (drink) 
intransitive verb
6. (in water, mud) 
a. hundirse 
her heart sankse le cayó el alma a los pies
his spirits sankse desanimó
to sink into somebody's memoryquedar grabado(a) en la memoria de alguien
to sink into oblivionsumirse en el olvido
to sink into a deep sleepsumirse en un sueño profundo
to sink into an armchairhundirse en un sillón
to sink to the groundir cayendo al suelo
he has sunk in my estimationha perdido gran parte de mi estima
how could you sink so low?¿cómo pudiste caer tan bajo?
sink [sɪŋk] sank (past)sunk (participle:past)
transitive verb
1 (submerge) [+ship] hundir; (destroy) [+person] hundir; [+project] acabar con; dar al traste con; [+theory] destruir; acabar con
if we did not surrender they threatened to sink us the ship was sunk in combat with the U.S.S Kearsarge if you are not strong mentally, the job can sink you the fact that Gorbachev kept going after him, kept trying to get him, kept trying to sink him, led to a relationship where it was actually it's either me or you
to be sunk estar perdido
now we're sunk! without him we'd be well and truly sunk to sink sb's hopes/dreams
2 (open up) [+mineshaft] abrir; excavar; [+hole] hacer; excavar; [+well] perforar; abrir
To boost meat production, the government sank wells and built watering places.
3 (bury, lay) [+pipe] enterrar; [+foundations] echar
to sink a post two metres into the ground fijar un poste dos metros bajo tierra; she sunk her face into her hands hundió la cara en las manos; his eyes were sunk deep into their sockets tenía los ojos hundidos
The houses have to be built on poles which are sunk down into the bed of the lake. There was an old tin bath which they had sunk into the ground to make a little pond
to be sunk in thought estar absorto en mis etc pensamientos; estar ensimismado; to be sunk in depression estar sumido en la depresión
4 (forget) [+feelings] ahogar
she would sink her own needs in the needs of others to sink one's identity in that of a group he sank his worries in a bottle of whisky
let's sink our differences hagamos las paces; olvidemos nuestras diferencias
feuding economists have also temporarily sunk their differences Mr Havel called on Czechs and Slovaks to sink their differences this leaves the rival rebel leaders,Charles Taylor and Prince Johnson, still in the contest, but with no sign of their sinking their differences
5 (dig in) [+knife] hundir; clavar; [+teeth] hincar
I sank my knife into the cheese hundí or clavé el cuchillo en el queso; he sank his teeth into my arm me hincó los dientes en el brazo
He sank his teeth into a juicy steak
6 (invest)
to sink money in or into sth invertir dinero en algo
He sank his life savings into a business venture
7 (Britain) [+drink] tragarse (informal)
he can sink a glass of beer in 12 seconds he sank three pints in quick succession
8 (Dep) [+ball, putt] embocar
he sank two crucial putts in the last three holes
intransitive verb
1 [+ship, object] hundirse
the body sank to the bottom of the lake el cadáver se hundió en el fondo del lago; the yeast sinks to the bottom in beer la levadura se deposita en el fondo de la cerveza
the car sank slowly into the mud The torpedo hit one of the aircraft carriers, which blew up and sank at once
to sink out of sight desaparecer; to sink without trace desaparecer sin dejar rastro
"Whatever happened to the Sinclair C5?" "It seems to have sunk without trace." sadly, the film sank without trace he had a number one hit 5 years ago but seems to have sunk without trace
to leave sb to sink or swim abandonar a algn a su suerte
we're all in the same boat and we sink or swim together todos estamos en la misma situación, y una de dos: o nos hundimos o salimos a flote juntos
it's a case of sink or swim
2 (subside) [+building, land] hundirse; [+flood waters] bajar de nivel; [+sun] ponerse
slowly the flood waters sank The sun had just sunk below the horizon It's possible that the building may be sinking a little
3 (slump) [+person]
to sink into a chair arrellanarse en una silla; dejarse caer en una silla; to sink to one's knees caer de rodillas; I sank into a deep sleep caí en un sueño profundo; she would sometimes sink into depression a veces se sumía en la depresión; he sank deeper into debt se hundió más y más en las deudas; to sink into poverty hundirse or caer en la miseria
the economy is sinking back into recession Bulgaria's economy has sunk into chaos that night he sank into a deep coma she sank to her knees in exhaustion
my heart sank se me cayó el alma a los pies; her spirits sank lower and lower tenía la moral cada vez más baja
4 (deteriorate) [+sick person]
he's sinking fast está cada vez peor
The patient was sinking fast and was not expected to live much longer.
5 (fall) (in amount, value)
the shares have sunk to three dollars las acciones han bajado a tres dólares; he has sunk in my estimation ha bajado en mi estima; his voice sank to a whisper su voz se redujo a un susurro
Wages have sunk so low in relation to the cost of living The pound has sunk to its lowest level against the dollar the noise of the club sank to a dull thud as he moved further away
sink [sɪŋk]
(in kitchen) fregadero (m); pila (f); (in bathroom) lavabo (m);
[+estate] degradado; deprimido; [+school] con un nivel muy bajo
The poor, the unemployed and people living on sink estates are more likely to be criminal, depressed, suicidal and addicted to drugs than those in more comfortable circumstances ...the sink estates that now blight most urban conurbations ...sink schools for the pupils nobody else wanted inner city sink school with a class of 32, half of whom speak no English
sink tidy (n) recipiente para lavavajillas, jabón y estropajos
sink unit (n) fregadero (m)
Phrases with "sink"
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kitchen sink
el fregadero
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el lavabo
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