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verb drop pronunciation in British English /drɒp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledropping
past tensedropped
past participledropped
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  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 down the back of the sofa.
      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 downwards, or to let yourself fall downwards
    drop into/to/down: Teresa dropped into the chair, exhausted.
    Doyle dropped to a crouch and peered in through the letterbox.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to move part of your body downwards
      He dropped his head into his hands and sighed.
  3. 3
    [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 speed in wet weather.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you drop your voice, or if your voice drops, you speak less loudly
    2. b.
      [intransitive] if the wind drops, it becomes less strong
    3. c.



      drop back

      [intransitive] to fall to a lower amount or value
      Infant mortality has dropped dramatically in the last 50 years.
      drop from/to: PCM’s share value dropped to 750 pence.
      drop below: In winter the temperature often drops below freezing.
      drop by: European sales have dropped by over 30%.
  4. 4



    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 – 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?
  5. 5
    [transitive] to let something fall from an aircraft
    The UN is trying to drop supplies into the area.
  6. 6
    [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 with a court case
      The charges against him were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
      Her family wanted her to drop the case.
    2. b.
      to decide not to continue studying a school subject
      In Year 10 you can drop geography or history.
    3. c.
      to stop what you are doing in order to do something else
      He told me to drop everything and come over straight away.
  7. 7
    [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.
  8. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop talking about something, especially because it is embarrassing someone
    Let’s drop the subject, shall we?
    See also let1
  9. 9
    [transitive] to fail to win points in a game, competition, or test
    United have only dropped 3 points this season.
  10. 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.
  11. 12



    drop away

    [intransitive] if the ground drops, it slopes downwards
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  12. 13
    [transitive] very informal to swallow an illegal drug, especially acid



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