drop - definition and synonyms


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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 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.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] if someone’s jaw drops, or if their mouth drops open, their mouth opens suddenly because they are very surprised
    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you drop your eyes or your gaze, you look downwards
  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
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    2. b.
      [intransitive] if the wind drops, it becomes less strong
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    3. c.



      drop back

      [intransitive] to fall to a lower amount or value
      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.
    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 wordliar’ from our headline.

    1. a.
      to not include someone on a team

      Rogers is injured and has been dropped.

    2. b.
      to not pronounce a letter when you say a word

      She has a tendency to drop her h’s.

  8. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop talking about something, especially because it is embarrassing someone

    Let’s drop the subject, shall we?

    See also let
  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. 11
    [transitive] informal to end a relationship with someone, especially suddenly
  12. 12



    drop away

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