Learner's definition of DROP
1 [count] : a very small amount of liquid that falls in a rounded shape— often + of 2 [count], informal : a small amount of a drink— usually singular
I didn't have a drop of your orange juice.
I'd just like a drop of brandy, please.
He used to have a drinking problem but he hasn't touched a drop [=hasn't drunk any alcohol] in years.
3 [singular] : a small amount of something (such as a quality) 4 drops [plural] : liquid medicine that is measured in drops and put into your eyes, ears, or nose 5 [count] : a usually small, round piece of candy with a particular flavor
6 a : the distance from a higher to a lower level— usually singular b : an area that goes downward suddenly 7 [count] : a decrease in amount or quality— usually singular— often + in
He had a sudden drop in income.
The patient experienced a sharp drop in blood pressure.
a drop [=decline] in prices/sales
a four percent drop in body weight
8 a : the act of taking something (such as something secret or illegal) to a place and leaving it there b : a place where something is taken to and left to be picked up 9 [count], American football : a move back from the line of scrimmage— usually singular
a drop in the bucket(US)informalor Britisha drop in the ocean
: an amount that is so small that it does not make an important difference or have much effect
at the drop of a hat
: very quickly and immediately
drops; dropped; dropping
drops; dropped; dropping
Learner's definition of DROP
1 a [+ object] : to let (something) fall
b [no object] : to fall
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 trees drop their needles in the winter. [=the needles fall off the trees in the winter]
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.
2 a : to lie down or fall down suddenly b : to lie down or become unconscious because you are sick or exhausted
She was so tired she felt she would drop.
He worked until he dropped.
(informal) We're going to the mall to shop till we drop.
3 [no object] : to go down suddenly and form a steep slope 4 a [no object] : to change to a lower level, amount, position, etc.
b [+ object] : to cause (something) to lessen or decrease in level or amount
The temperature dropped (to 50 degrees).
His voice dropped [=became quieter] as he told us the secret.
Increased competition has caused prices to drop. [=decline, go down]
Production has dropped. [=decreased]
The team has dropped [=fallen] to third place.
He dropped [=fell] behind the other runners when he hurt his ankle.
5 [+ object] : to send (someone) a letter, note, etc. 6 a [+ object] : to stop talking or thinking about (something)
b [no object] : to stop being talked about
You can drop that idea right now.
Let's just drop the subject.
Just drop it. I don't want to talk about it any more.
7 [+ object] : to stop doing or continuing with (something)
I'm going to drop my calculus class and take a biology course instead.
New evidence was found and the case was dropped.
The prosecutors dropped the charges against her.
I dropped everything [=stopped what I was doing] and ran to the window to see what was going on.
8 [+ object] : to not include (someone or something)
You should drop [=cut, omit] this sentence from your essay.
The newspaper decided to drop the story.
He was dropped from the team.
9 [+ object] : to suddenly end a relationship or connection with (someone)
They dated for a while, but then she suddenly dropped him.
She moved away and dropped her old friends.
10 [+ object] : to take (someone or something) to a place and then leave— often + off 11 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to make a brief social visit— usually + by or in or over
His sister dropped by unexpectedly.
They dropped in for a chat.
Drop over sometime!
We were in the neighborhood and thought we would drop in on you.
12 [+ object] : to say (something) in an informal or casual way
He casually dropped the news that they are getting married.
She's always dropping names. [=saying the names of famous people she knows to try to impress others]
She has been dropping hints that she is looking for another job.
13 [+ object], informal : to lose (a game) 14 [+ object], informal : to spend (an amount of money)— usually + on 15 [+ object], informal : to lose (an amount of weight) 16 : to move down
17 [+ object], knitting : to let (a loop of yarn) fall off a knitting needle 18 [+ object] : to not pronounce (a letter) when you speak 19 [+ object], informal : to take (a drug) by swallowing it
drop a brickBritish, informalordrop a clanger
: to make a very bad or embarrassing mistake
drop back[phrasal verb]American football
: to move straight back from the line of scrimmage
drop off[phrasal verb]
1 : to decrease in amount 2 : to fall asleep
— see also 2drop 10 (above)
drop out[phrasal verb]
1 : to stop attending a school or university before you have completed your studies— often + of 2 : to stop being part of a group— usually + of 3 : to stop being involved in regular society because you do not agree with or support its rules, customs, and values
you could hear a pin drop