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verb drop pronunciation in American English /drɑp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledropping
past tensedropped
past participledropped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to deliberately let something fall
    drop something off something:

    The children were dropping stones off the bridge.

    drop something into something:

    He dropped a few coins into my hand.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to let something fall without intending to

      Lucas dropped the ball.

      I dropped my keys behind the couch.

      drop something onto/over something:

      You’ve dropped crumbs all over the floor.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to fall to the ground or into something

      Everyone cheered as the ball dropped into the hole.

      She took off her jacket and let it drop to the floor.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to quickly move downward, or to let yourself fall downward
    drop into/to/down:

    Teresa dropped into the chair, exhausted.

    Doyle dropped to a crouch and peered in through the mail slot.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to move part of your body downward

      He dropped his head into his hands and sighed.

  3. 4



    drop back

    [intransitive] to fall to a lower amount or value

    Infant mortality has dropped dramatically in the last 50 years.

    drop from/to:

    The rate on the bond dropped to 5 percent.

    drop below:

    In the winter the temperature often drops below freezing.

    drop by:

    European sales have dropped by over 30%.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to reduce something to a lower amount or value

      We had to drop the price of our house to sell it.

      Be sure to drop your driving speed in wet weather.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you drop your voice, or if your voice drops, you speak less loudly
    3. c.
  4. 5
    [transitive] to not continue with something

    The ad was dropped after complaints from the public.

    drop the act (=stop pretending):

    Oh, drop the innocent act!

    1. a.
      to decide not to continue studying a school subject

      I decided to drop chemistry and take biology instead.

    2. b.
      to decide not to continue with a court case

      The charges against him were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

      Her family wanted her to drop the suit.

    3. c.
      to stop what you are doing in order to do something else

      He told me to drop everything and come over right away.

  5. 6
    [transitive] to not include something

    He asked us to drop the word “liar” from our headline.

    The controversial clauses of the contract were finally dropped.

    1. a.
      to not include someone on a team

      Rogers is injured and has been dropped.

  6. 9



    drop off

    [transitive] to take someone to a place in a car, usually without getting out of the car yourself

    I’m driving into town anyway; can I drop you somewhere?

    drop someone at/in:

    Can you drop me at the corner of the street?

    1. a.
      to take something to a place and not stay there very long

      Can you drop these magazines at Nora’s house on your way home?

  7. 10
    [transitive] to say something in an informal or indirect way
    drop a hint:

    Ferguson dropped a broad hint that he would soon be retiring.

  8. 11
    [transitive] to fail to win points in a game, competition, or test

    I think I dropped ten points on the last question.

  9. 12
    [transitive] very informal to swallow an illegal drug, especially acid
  10. 13



    drop away

    [intransitive] if the ground drops, it slopes downward
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