How to use
past tense and past participle
, present participle
let something fall
to stop holding or carrying something so that it falls
He dropped his briefcase on a chair.
She screamed and dropped the torch.
to make something such as a bomb fall from a plane
U.S. planes began dropping bombs on the city.
Supplies are being dropped for the refugees.
to fall suddenly onto the ground or into something
The apples are beginning to drop from the trees.
Your button has dropped off.
move your body down
intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive
to lower yourself or part of your body suddenly
He dropped down onto the floor and hid under the table.
back against the cushion.
to fall to a lower level or amount, especially a much lower level or amount
The number of deaths on the roads has dropped sharply.
Temperatures drop quite dramatically at night, so bring some warm clothing.
Their share of the market dropped to 50 percent this year.
to reduce the level or amount of something
You might be able to get them to
As soon as she saw the police car she
to decide not to include someone or something
His name was dropped from the list.
drop somebody from a team/side
Taylor was bitterly disappointed to be dropped from the England side.
stop doing something
to stop doing something, discussing something, or continuing with something
The proposal was dropped after opposition from civil liberties groups.
drop charges/drop a case
New evidence was presented to the court and the case was dropped.
drop a subject at school/university
stop studying it
Students are allowed to drop history in Year 9.
You can't expect me to
completely stop doing whatever I am doing
whenever you're in town.
Oh, drop the 'Senator'
stop calling me 'Senator'
- just call me Gordon.
Some time later, the matter was quietly dropped.
stop talking about something
intransitive and transitive
to stop talking about something
drop the subject
To her relief, Julius
dropped the subject
stop talking about a subject
drop it, will you
? I don't want to talk about it any more.
'What about the money?' 'We've agreed to
let it drop
we have agreed not to talk about it any more
take somebody somewhere
to take someone by car to a place and leave them there, especially on your way to another place
Just drop me here - I can walk the rest of the way.
drop somebody at something
She dropped Johnny at the school gates at about 8:30.
take something somewhere
to take something to a place and leave it there
drop something round/in
I've got your books - I'll drop them round to your place later.
intransitive always + adverb/preposition
to visit someone you know, usually without arranging a particular time
I just dropped by to see how you were getting on.
The kids drop round and see her from time to time.
Jan dropped into the office this morning to tell me her news.
drop in (on somebody)
Why don't you drop in for a drink one evening?
intransitive always + adverb/preposition
if a path, land etc drops, it goes down suddenly, forming a steep slope
The cliff dropped down over a hundred feet to the sea below.
On the left the ground drops away, giving a view over the rooftops.
end a relationship
to suddenly stop having a relationship with someone, especially a romantic relationship
She dropped him as soon as she found out he had been seeing another woman.
until/till you drop
until you are too tired to continue doing something
We're going to shop till we drop!
drop a hint
to suggest or ask for something in an indirect way, hoping that the person you are talking to will understand what you mean
He dropped some big hints about what he wanted for his birthday.
drop somebody a line/note
to write a short letter to someone
Drop us a line to let us know how you're getting on.
to die suddenly
an impolite expression which you say to someone when you are extremely angry with them
somebody's jaw dropped
used to say that someone was very surprised
drop your eyes/gaze
to stop looking at someone and look down, usually because you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable
Ben looked at me in horror for a moment and then dropped his gaze.
the wind drops
the wind stops
They waited for the wind to drop.
drop a bombshell
to suddenly tell someone a shocking piece of news
Finally she dropped the bombshell. She was pregnant and I was the father.
drop somebody in it
to say or do something that gets someone else into trouble
You told her where we went on Friday night! You've really dropped me in it now!
drop $50/£2000 etc
to lose money in a business deal, a game etc
Phil dropped $200 playing poker yesterday.
drop a catch
to fail to catch a ball hit by a
drop a point
to lose a point in a sports competition
Real Madrid dropped a point at home yesterday.
be dropping like flies
if people are dropping like flies, they are getting ill or dying in large numbers
drop a clanger/brick
to say something embarrassing in a social situation
drop a stitch
to let the wool fall off the needle when you are
to lower a boat's
to the bottom of the sea, a lake etc so that the boat does not float away
an illegal drug
to move more slowly than other people so that they get ahead of you
He started out with the leaders but at the first fence he dropped back.
Ellen dropped behind to tie her shoelace.
to begin to sleep
She kept dropping off at her desk.
I must have
dropped off to sleep
drop somebody/something ↔ off
to take someone or something to a place by car and leave them there on your way to another place
I'll drop you off on my way home.
to fall to a lower level or amount
The number of graduates going into teaching has dropped off sharply.
to no longer do an activity or belong to a group
The group gets smaller as members move away or drop out.
to leave a school or university before your course has finished
drop out of
Bill dropped out of college after his first year.
to refuse to take part in ordinary society because you do not agree with its principles
In the 60s, Leary urged kids to 'Turn on, tune in and drop out.'
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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