Drop - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |drɑːp|  American pronunciation of the word drop
Brit.  |drɒp|  British pronunciation of the word drop


- a shape that is spherical and small (syn: bead, pearl)
he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops
- a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid) (syn: driblet)
he had a drop too much to drink
a drop of each sample was analyzed
there is not a drop of pity in that man
- a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity (syn: dip, fall)
a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index
there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery
- a steep high face of rock (syn: cliff, drop-off)
a steep drop
- a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
- a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity (syn: fall)
it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height
- a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
- a central depository where things can be left or picked up
- the act of dropping something
they expected the drop would be successful


- let fall to the ground
Don't drop the dishes
- to fall vertically
the bombs are dropping on enemy targets
- go down in value
Stock prices dropped
- fall or descend to a lower place or level (syn: sink)
- terminate an association with
drop him from the Republican ticket
- utter with seeming casualness
drop a hint
drop names
- stop pursuing or acting (syn: knock off)
drop a lawsuit
- remove (cargo, people, etc.) from and leave (syn: discharge, drop off, put down, set down, unload)
drop off the passengers at the hotel
- cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow (syn: cut down, fell, strike down)
- lose (a game)
The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13
- pay out (syn: expend, spend)
- lower the pitch of (musical notes) (syn: flatten)
- hang freely (syn: dangle, swing)
The light dropped from the ceiling
- stop associating with (syn: dismiss, send away)
They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock
- let or cause to fall in drops (syn: dribble, drip)
- get rid of (syn: cast, cast off, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off)
- take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth
She dropped acid when she was a teenager
- omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing
New Englanders drop their post-vocalic r's
- leave undone or leave out (syn: leave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit)
- change from one level to another
She dropped into army jargon
- fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death
shop til you drop
- grow worse (syn: degenerate, deteriorate, devolve)
- give birth; used for animals
The cow dropped her calf this morning

Extra examples

He squeezed the bottle until a few drops came out.

She doesn't have a single drop of selfishness in her.

The poet wrings the last drop of meaning from every word.

Be careful not to drop the chair on your foot.

She dropped the apple core into the trash can.

They dropped bombs on the city.

He dropped the vase and it shattered into pieces.

The player dropped the ball.

The pen rolled to the edge of the table and dropped to the floor.

The book dropped from my hand.

The ball dropped between the right and center fielders.

She was so tired she felt she would drop.

He worked until he dropped.

Water dropped from the ceiling into the pan on the floor.

Sweat dropped from his brow.

Phrasal verbs

drop away  — get worse
drop back  — take position in the rear, as in a military formation or in the line of scrimmage in football
drop behind  — to lag or linger behind
drop in  — visit informally and spontaneously
drop off  — fall or diminish
drop out  — give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat

Word forms

I/you/we/they: drop
he/she/it: drops
present participle: dropping
past tense: dropped
past participle: dropped
singular: drop
plural: drops
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