drop1 [ drap ] verb ***
▸ 1 let something fall
▸ 2 let yourself fall
▸ 3 let fall from aircraft
▸ 4 reduce/get less
▸ 5 not continue with something
▸ 6 not include something/someone
▸ 7 stop talking about something
▸ 8 end relationship with someone
▸ 9 take someone/something somewhere
▸ 10 say something in indirect way
▸ 11 fail to win points
▸ 12 take illegal drug
▸ 13 slope downward
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.
a ) transitive to let something fall without intending to:
Lucas dropped the ball.
drop something down/into something: I dropped my keys behind the couch.
drop something onto/over something: You've dropped crumbs all over the floor.
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. ) intransitive to quickly move downward or 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.
a ) transitive to move part of your body downward:
He dropped his head into his hands and sighed.
b ) intransitive if someone's jaw drops or their mouth drops open, their mouth opens suddenly because they are very surprised
c ) intransitive or transitive if you drop your eyes or your GAZE, you look downward
3. ) transitive to let something fall from an aircraft:
The UN is trying to drop supplies into the area.
a ) intransitive to fall into an area from an aircraft, especially using a PARACHUTE
4. ) drop or 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%.
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.
b ) intransitive or transitive if you drop your voice or if your voice drops, you speak less loudly
c ) intransitive if the wind drops, it becomes less strong
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!
a ) to decide not to continue studying a school subject:
I decided to drop chemistry and take biology instead.
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.
c ) to stop what you are doing in order to do something else:
He told me to drop everything and come over right away.
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.
a ) to not include someone on a team:
Rogers is injured and has been dropped.
b ) to not pronounce a letter when you say a word:
She has a tendency to drop her h's.
7. ) intransitive or transitive to stop talking about something, especially because it is embarrassing someone:
Let's drop the subject, OK?
let something drop: She kept asking me about his wife and wouldn't let it drop.
8. ) transitive INFORMAL to end a relationship with someone, especially suddenly
9. ) drop or 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?
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?
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. ) transitive to fail to win points in a game, competition, or test:
I think I dropped ten points on the last question.
12. ) transitive VERY INFORMAL to swallow an illegal drug, especially ACID
13. ) drop or drop away intransitive if the ground drops, it slopes downward
to make a mistake, often by failing to continue with something
drop dead INFORMAL
1. ) to die suddenly and unexpectedly:
He dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 31.
2. ) used as an angry reply to someone who has said something that you do not like
drop someone a line/note
to write a short letter to someone
ready to drop INFORMAL
to be very tired
,drop a`round phrasal verb intransitive or transitive INFORMAL
same as DROP BY
,drop a`way phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) drop away or drop off to become weaker or smaller in amount:
Support for him has begun to drop away.
2. ) same as DROP1 13:
The land drops steeply away into a small valley.
,drop `back phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) same as DROP1 4:
drop back to: Economic growth will drop back to 3% this year.
2. ) drop back or drop behind to move into a lower position in a race or competition:
He dropped back toward the end of the race and finished in sixth place.
a ) to move more slowly than other people so that you are behind them:
Alex dropped back to let me pass.
,drop be`hind phrasal verb intransitive
same as DROP BACK 2:
Mary dropped behind to walk with Sam.
Jensen has dropped behind into last place.
,drop `by or ,drop `in or ,drop a`round phrasal verb intransitive or transitive INFORMAL
to make a short visit somewhere:
Why don't you drop by for coffee some time?
,drop `off phrasal verb
1. ) transitive same as DROP1 9:
Can you drop the kids off at school this morning?
2. ) transitive same as DROP1 9A:
Can I drop the documents off to you later?
3. ) intransitive INFORMAL to start to sleep:
He usually drops off while watching television.
4. ) same as DROP AWAY 1:
Her popularity has dropped off recently.
,drop `out phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to leave something such as an activity, school, or competition before you have finished what you intended to do:
She was injured in the first round and had to drop out.
drop out of: Too many students drop out of college after only one year.
2. ) to decide not to have an ordinary job or life because you do not want to be part of society:
He decided to drop out and spend his life traveling.
drop 2 [ drap ] noun **
▸ 1 small amount of liquid
▸ 2 fall in amount/value
▸ 3 distance to ground
▸ 4 small amount of quality
▸ 5 when aircraft drops something
▸ 6 small round candy
▸ 7 leaving something somewhere
▸ 8 liquid medicine
1. ) count a very small amount of liquid with a round shape:
a tear/rain/dew drop
drop of: I felt a drop of rain on my face.
There were drops of blood on his shirt.
a ) singular INFORMAL a small amount of a drink:
drop of: He asked for a drop of brandy.
Would you like a drop more tea?
b ) not touch a drop SPOKEN to not drink any alcohol at all
2. ) count usually singular a fall in the amount or value of something:
drop in: The company announced a 15% drop in profits.
There was a sharp drop in temperature during the night.
3. ) count usually singular a distance down to the ground from a high place:
At the edge of the cliff is a 100-foot drop.
4. ) singular INFORMAL a small amount of a particular quality:
drop of: She didn't have a drop of imagination.
5. ) count an occasion when something or someone is dropped from an aircraft:
Air drops of food were made in the region.
6. ) count a small round candy:
chocolate/mint/lemon drops
7. ) count the act of leaving or delivering something in a place that has been agreed, especially something secret or illegal:
The kidnappers gave them instructions about where to make the drop.
8. ) drops plural liquid medicine that you put into your eyes, ears, or nose
a drop in the bucket/ocean
a very small amount that will not have much effect:
This money is just a drop in the ocean compared to what's needed.
at the drop of a hat
immediately or in a way that shows that you have no doubts about doing something
not touch a drop SPOKEN
to not drink any alcohol at all

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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