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drop

verb uk   /drɒp/ us    /drɑːp/ (-pp-)

drop verb (FALL)

B1 [I or T] to fall or to allow something to fall: She dropped her keys. I'm always dropping things. Amanda dropped her sunglasses in/into the fountain. The book dropped from/off the shelf. Don't drop it!/Don't let it drop! drop dead C2 to die suddenly and unexpectedly: He dropped dead on the squash court at the age of 43. drop sb a line informal to write someone a letter, especially a short informal one: Just drop me a line when you've decided on a date. drop (sb) a hint informal to tell someone something in a way that is not direct: Margaret dropped a hint that she'd like to come to the party. drop your aitches/h's UK to not pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words in which it should be pronounced

drop verb (LOWER)

B2 [I or T] to move to a lower level, or cause something to move to a lower level: The water level in the flooded region has finally begun to drop. The land drops (away) (= slopes down) sharply behind the barrier. We've had to drop our prices because of the recession.

drop verb (STOP)

B2 [T] to stop doing or planning something, especially an activity: I'm going to drop yoga and do aerobics instead. Can you drop what you're doing and help me with this report? [T] to stop including someone in a group or team: He's been dropped from the team because of injury.

drop verb (TAKE)

C1 [T + adv/prep] to take someone to a particular place, usually in a car, and leave them there: They dropped me off at the main entrance. I dropped him at the library and went shopping.

drop

noun uk   /drɒp/ us    /drɑːp/

drop noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

B1 [C] a small round-shaped amount of liquid: I thought I felt a drop of rain. There were little drops of paint on the kitchen floor. [S] a small amount of liquid you can drink: I'll have a drop more juice, please. "Would you like some milk?" "Just a drop, please." drops [plural] liquid medicine given in very small amounts: eye/nose/ear drops [C] mainly UK a small piece of sweet food made of sugar: fruit/pear drops chocolate drops

drop noun (LOWER)

C1 [C usually singular] the distance from one thing to something lower: There's a drop of two metres from the window to the ground. B2 [C usually singular] a reduction in the amount or level of something: The recent drop in magazine subscriptions is causing some concern.

drop noun (FALL)

[C] the act of delivering things such as supplies, medicine, etc., often by dropping them from an aircraft: a food drop The helicopter made a drop of much-needed supplies to the stranded hikers. [C] the situation in which something is left in a place and later collected by someone else, usually a spy
(Definition of drop from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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