(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. founder, drown, go down; ebb, wane, decline, lapse, settle, subside, precipitate; retrograde, go downhill; languish, droop, flag; despond; fail, deepen, dig, lower; debase, abase, bring low; suppress, overwhelm; submerge, immerse, bury; discourage, dampen; invest, risk, venture. See depth, descent, deterioration, dejection, failure.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A basin]
Syn. washbasin, tub, pan, ewer, bowl.
2. [A sewer]
Syn. cesspool, drain, gutter, cloaca.
1. [To go downward]
Syn. descend, decline, fall, subside, drop, droop, regress, slump, go under, immerse, go to the bottom, be submerged, settle, go to Davy Jones's locker*, hit a slump, touch bottom, go down with the ship.
Ant. rise*, float, come up.
2. [To cause to sink, sense 1]
Syn. submerge, scuttle, depress, submerse, immerse, engulf, overwhelm, swamp, lower, bring down, force down, cast down, let down, send to Davy Jones's locker*; see also soak 1 .
Ant. raise*, float, bring up.
3. [To incline]
Syn. slant, tilt, list; see lean 1 .
4. [To weaken]
Syn. decline, fail, fade; see weaken 1 .
5. [To deteriorate]
Syn. spoil, degenerate, rot; see decay , waste 3 .
6. [To decrease]
Syn. lessen, diminish, wane; see decrease 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
basin, washbowl, drain.
1. go down drop, fall, descend, sag, immerse, drown, submerge, dip, settle, slump, plunge.
2. decline decrease, diminish, fall, drop, subside, deteriorate, regress, wane, ebb.
cause to sink swamp, drown, engulf, overwhelm, scuttle.
ANT.: 1. rise, ascend. 2. increase, grow
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To fall or drift down to the bottom: gravitate, settle. See RISE. 2. To go beneath the surface or to the bottom of a liquid: founder1, submerge, submerse. See RISE. 3. To go from a more erect posture to a less erect posture: drop, fall, slump. See RISE. 4. To slope downward: decline, descend, dip, drop, fall, pitch. See RISE. 5. To become lower in quality, character, or condition: atrophy, decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, retrograde, worsen. Idioms: go bad, go to pot, go to seed, go to the dogs. See BETTER. 6. To bring oneself down to a lower level of behavior: descend, lower2, stoop. See RISE. 7. To undergo moral deterioration: fall, slip. Idiom: go bad (or wrong). See RIGHT. 8. To cause the complete ruin or wreckage of: bankrupt, break down, cross up, demolish, destroy, finish, ruin, shatter, smash, spoil, torpedo, undo, wash up, wrack2, wreck. Slang: total. Idiom: put the kibosh on. See HELP. 9. To undergo a sharp, rapid descent in value or price: dive, drop, fall, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, skid, slump, tumble. Idiom: take a sudden downtrend (or downturn). See INCREASE. 10. To lose strength or power: decline, degenerate, deteriorate, fade, fail, flag2, languish, wane, waste (away), weaken. Informal: fizzle (out). Idioms: go downhill, hit the skids. See INCREASE, STRONG. 11. To cause to penetrate with force: dig, drive, plunge, ram, run, stab, stick, thrust. See PUT IN. II noun 1. An area sunk below its surroundings: basin, concavity, depression, dip, hollow, pit1, sag, sinkhole. See CONVEX. 2. A place known for its great filth or corruption: cesspit, cesspool, pit1. Slang: armpit. See CLEAN, RIGHT.

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