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Definition of drop verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drop
    he / she / it drops
    past simple dropped
    -ing form dropping
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to fall or allow something to fall by accident The climber slipped and dropped to his death. drop something Be careful not to drop that plate.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to fall or make something fall deliberately + adv./prep. He staggered in and dropped into a chair. drop something (+ adv./prep.) Medical supplies are being dropped into the stricken area. He dropped his pants.
  3. 3[intransitive] to fall down or be no longer able to stand because you are extremely tired I feel ready to drop. She expects everyone to work till they drop.
  4. become weaker/less
  5. 4[intransitive, transitive] to become or make something weaker, lower, or less synonym fall The temperature has dropped considerably. At last the wind dropped. His voice dropped to a whisper. The Dutch team has dropped to fifth place. The price of shares dropped by 14 cents. Shares dropped in price by 14 cents. drop something She dropped her voice dramatically. You must drop your speed in built-up areas. Language Bankfalldescribing a decrease Car crime in Greenville fell significantly last year. Car crime fell by about a quarter over a 12-month period. The number of stolen vehicles dropped from 1,013 to 780, a fall of 26 percent. According to these data, 780 vehicles were stolen, down 26% from the previous year. The city saw an 11%drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles from 1,871 to 1,737. These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downward.
  6. eyes
  7. 5[intransitive, transitive] your eyes/gaze drop drop your eyes/gaze (formal) to look down Her eyes dropped to her lap.
  8. slope downward
  9. 6[intransitive] drop (away) (from something) to slope steeply downward In front of them the valley dropped sharply away from the road.
  10. deliver/send
  11. 7[transitive] to deliver something, often on the way to somewhere else; to stop so that someone can get out of a car, etc. drop somebody/something off You left your jacket, but I can drop it off on my way to work tomorrow. drop somebody/something Can you drop me near the bank? related noun drop-off (3)
  12. 8[transitive] drop someone a line/note to send a short letter to someone Drop me a line when you get there.
  13. leave out
  14. 9[transitive] drop somebody/something (from something) to leave someone or something out by accident or deliberately She's been dropped from the team because of injury.
  15. friends
  16. 10[transitive] drop somebody to stop seeing someone socially She's dropped most of her old friends.
  17. stop
  18. 11[transitive] drop something to stop doing or discussing something; to not continue with something I dropped German (= stopped studying it) when I was 14. I can't just drop everything every time you need a ride. Look, can we just drop it (= stop talking about it)? I think we'd better drop the subject. Let's drop the formalities—please call me Mike. The police decided to drop the charges against her.
  19. hint
  20. 12[transitive] drop a hint to say or do something in order to show someone, in an indirect way, what you are thinking
  21. in knitting
  22. 13[transitive] drop a stitch to let a stitch go off the needle
  23. Idioms
    the bottom drops/falls out (of something)
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    people stop buying or using the products of a particular industry The bottom has fallen out of the travel market.
    die/drop/fall like flies (informal)
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    to die or fall down in very large numbers People were dropping like flies in the intense heat.
    drop the ball (informal)
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    to make a mistake and spoil something that you are responsible for Let's not drop the ball on this.
    1. 1(informal) to die suddenly and unexpectedly
    2. 2(informal) used to tell someone, rudely, to stop annoying you, interfering, etc. see also drop-dead
    drop/dump something in somebody's lap (informal)
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    to make something the responsibility of another person They dropped the problem back in my lap.
    to mention famous people you know or have met in order to impress others related noun name-dropping
    something drops/falls into somebody's lap
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    somebody has the opportunity to do something pleasant without having to make any effort My dream job just fell into my lap.
    somebody's jaw dropped/fell/sagged
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    used to say that someone suddenly looked surprised, shocked, or disappointed
      let somebody/something drop
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    1. 1to do or say nothing more about someone or something I suggest we let the matter drop.
    2. 2to mention someone or something in a conversation, by accident or as if by accident He let it drop that the actor was a close friend of his.
    you could hear a pin drop
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    it was extremely quiet The audience was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
    Phrasal Verbsdrop awaydrop back/behinddrop by/indrop offdrop out (of something)
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