Definition of “drop” - English Dictionary

“drop” in British English

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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 decide on a date.
drop (sb) a hint informal

to tell someone something in a way that is not direct:

She 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

More examples

  • A man rushed past and jogged her elbow, making her drop the bag.
  • She dropped her cup and it smashed to pieces on the stone floor.
  • Helicopters dropped leaflets over the city.
  • She accidentally dropped her ring down a drain in the road.
  • Witnesses say that there was an explosion and then the plane dropped like a stone to earth.

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 had to drop our prices because of the recession.

More examples

  • Temperatures can drop well below freezing in midwinter.
  • Let's cut our losses and sell the business before prices drop even further.
  • The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm when its speed dropped to 70mph.
  • He thinks we should sell the business before prices drop even further.
  • Fish struggle for survival when the water level drops in the lake.

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.

More examples

  • The police have had to drop charges against her because they couldn't find any evidence.
  • She walked free after the charges against her were dropped.
  • He was dropped from the team after failing to turn up for a drugs test.
  • You can't just show up at my work and expect me to drop everything.
  • The band was dropped by their record label because of creative differences.


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

More examples

  • I noticed drops of water plopping onto the carpet.
  • We placed saucepans on the floor to catch the drops of water coming through the roof.
  • The drop of red dye diffused slowly in the water.
  • Could I have a drop more water, please?
  • Would you like a drop more vino?

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:

More examples

  • They forecast a large drop in unemployment over the next two years.
  • In an emergency you could get out through a window, but it would be a nasty drop.
  • He took a drop in salary when he changed jobs.
  • Tour operators have reported a drop in bookings.
  • She looked over the cliff and found she was standing at the edge of a vertical drop.

(Definition of “drop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“drop” in American English

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us /drɑp/ -pp-

drop verb (FALL)

[ I/T ] to fall intentionally or unintentionally, or to let something fall:

[ T ] She dropped her keys on a table beside the door.
[ I ] The book dropped to the floor.
[ I ] fig. I was so exhausted that I was ready to drop (= to fall down).

drop verb (LOWER)

[ I/T ] to move or change to a lower level, or to make something lower or less:

[ I ] The temperature dropped nearly 50 degrees in 24 hours.
[ T ] We are going to have to drop our prices.

drop verb (STOP)

[ T ] to stop something you were doing or planning to do:

After winning a pay raise, the union dropped its other demands.
He was dropped from (= taken off) the team because of his grades.


us /drɑp/

drop noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[ C ] a very small amount of a liquid:

I just felt a drop of rain.

drop noun (FALL)

[ C ] the act of falling:

the airplane's sudden drop

drop noun (REDUCTION)

[ U ] a reduction in the amount or level of something:

a drop in prices

[ U ] A drop is also the distance from one thing to something lower:

It’s a drop of over 150 feet from the top of the Niagara Falls.

(Definition of “drop” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“drop” in Business English

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uk /drɒp/ us -pp-

[ I or T ] to become lower in level, value, price, etc.:

In November, prices continued to drop while property sale times lengthened.
drop dramatically/sharply/significantly
drop 10%/10 points/10p, etc. Like-for-like sales dropped 8%.
drop by sth The cost of the technology is still high but has dropped by half in the last 6 months.
drop to sth The total volume of the country's crude exports dropped to 10.3 million barrels.
drop below sth Unemployment may drop below the symbolic 1 million mark before long.

[ T ] to reduce something such as a price:

Many companies will drop prices in order to get your business.
drop sth by £10/10%, etc. The supermarket is dropping the price of its milk by 1p per pint.
drop sth to sth After the house had been on the market for six months, the asking price was dropped to £750,000.

[ T ] to stop doing or planning something:

drop a plan/idea

[ T ] to stop using, making, or providing something:

A spokesperson for the airline said that it will drop its flights from Denver to Detroit.
The manufacturer recently dropped its distributors in order to sell direct.

[ T ] informal to lose a sum of money in a business or game:

One medium-sized investment bank is known to have dropped $10 million on a single over-the-counter derivative trade.

[ T ] IT to put text, a file, a picture, etc. in a particular place on a computer screen using your mouse:

Just drag and drop the images into your presentation.
drop the ball informal

to make a mistake, especially by doing something in a careless or stupid way:

The staffer responsible for finding the right location had dropped the ball.

Phrasal verb(s)

dropnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /drɒp/ us

a reduction in the level, value, price, etc. of something:

a drop in sth Major supermarket chains experienced a drop in sales.
a dramatic/major/sharp drop He warned that stocks could take a sharp drop today.
a 10%/10 point/10p, etc. drop

(Definition of “drop” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)