- 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 [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. (British English) He dropped his trousers (= undid them and let them fall). (North American English) He dropped his pants.
- 3[intransitive] (informal) 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. become weaker/less
- 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 have dropped to fifth place. The price of shares dropped by 14p. Shares dropped in price by 14p. drop something She dropped her voice dramatically. You must drop your speed in built-up areas. Language BankfallDescribing a decrease Car crime in Oxford 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 per cent. According to this data, 780 vehicles were stolen, 26% down on the previous year. There was an 11% drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles, from 1 971 to 1 737. These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downwards. eyes
- 5[intransitive, transitive] your eyes/gaze drop | drop your eyes/gaze (formal) to look down Her eyes dropped to her lap. slope downwards
- 6[intransitive] drop (away) (from something) to slope steeply downwards In front of them the valley dropped sharply away from the road. deliver/send
- 7[transitive] to stop so that somebody can get out of a car, etc.; to deliver something on the way to somewhere else drop somebody/something Can you drop me near the bank? drop somebody/something off You left your jacket, but I can drop it off on my way to work tomorrow. See related entries: Driving
- 8[transitive] drop somebody a line/note to send a short letter to somebody Drop me a line when you get there. leave out
- 9[transitive] drop somebody/something (from something) to leave somebody/something out by accident or deliberately She's been dropped from the team because of injury. He spoke with a cockney accent and dropped his aitches (= did not pronounce the letter ‘h’ at the start of words). friends
- 10[transitive] drop somebody to stop seeing somebody socially She's dropped most of her old friends. stop
- 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. Drop everything and come at once! 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. See related entries: Access to education hint
- 12[transitive] drop a hint to say or do something in order to show somebody, in an indirect way, what you are thinking in knitting
- 13[transitive] drop a stitch to let a stitch go off the needle Word Origin Old English dropa (noun), droppian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German Tropfen
- 1(informal) to die suddenly and unexpectedly
- 2(informal) used to tell somebody, rudely, to stop annoying you, interfering, etc. see also drop-dead
- 1to do or say nothing more about somebody/something I suggest we let the matter drop.
- 2to mention somebody/something in a conversation, by accident or as if by accident He let it drop that the Prime Minister was a close friend of his.
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BrE BrE//drɒp//; NAmE NAmE//drɑːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drop
BrE BrE//drɒp//; NAmE NAmE//drɑːp//he / she / it drops
BrE BrE//drɒps//; NAmE NAmE//drɑːps//past simple dropped
BrE BrE//drɒpt//; NAmE NAmE//drɑːpt//past participle dropped
BrE BrE//drɒpt//; NAmE NAmE//drɑːpt//-ing form dropping
BrE BrE//ˈdrɒpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɑːpɪŋ//Driving, Access to education