Definition of sink in in English:

sink in

phrasal verb

  • (of words or facts) be fully understood or realized:

    ‘Peter read the letter twice before its meaning sank in’
    • ‘Once that truth sinks in, perhaps a serious attempt at resolving the dispute can begin.’
    • ‘Maura was about to open her mouth to say more, when his words fully began to sink in.’
    • ‘Whether this reality has yet to fully sink in with the majority of the American people is unclear.’
    • ‘He left me standing there, tears running down my face, the reality of his words not sinking in till much later.’
    • ‘I don't think what I've seen and heard earlier today has really sunk in just yet.’
    • ‘I felt very numb, and I don't think the reality of what was happening had completely sunk in just yet.’
    • ‘However, reality quickly sinks in as you realize that seconds wasted cost lives.’
    • ‘But after getting over the initial shock of hearing the man talk, his words sunk in.’
    • ‘The words his father spoke sank in and he realized how close he'd come to being murdered.’
    • ‘Once this fact sinks in the consequences will be profound.’
    • ‘I think the fact started sinking in that we weren't dating anymore, for which I was grateful.’
    • ‘Stuart has now returned after his 109-day feat and said the events of the past months had not yet sunk in.’
    • ‘Friday arrived, and it still hadn't completely sunk in she was leaving.’
    • ‘I decided it was best to give her some time to think about those words and let it sink in.’
    • ‘How much more of this do we need to see before the truth sinks in?’
    • ‘Whatever poison she'd been fed about me hadn't sunk in, and she accepted me completely.’
    • ‘I heard what Sam said, but it only sunk in a few moments later that he was talking to me.’
    • ‘Her climb up this ‘scary ladder’ still hasn't completely sunk in.’
    • ‘Jesse's face softened but his heart stood still as the last of her words sank in.’
    • ‘Even then Grandmother's talk, which I heard many times, had finally sunk in.’
    register, penetrate, be understood, be comprehended, be realized, be taken in, be grasped, become clear, get through
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