drop

When you drop something, you let go of it and it falls. To drop a football is every receiver's nightmare. If you decide to drop your girlfriend or boyfriend, it will be their nightmare.

You might drop your dog's leash so she can sprint across the beach, or drop the heavy bags you've been carrying as soon as you walk in your front door. You can also drop to the ground yourself, to avoid being hit by your brother's remote control airplane. A drop is a fall, plummet, or plunge — literal, or figurative: "A drop in profits means we'll have to lay off some workers."

Primary Meanings of drop

1.
vn
let fall to the ground
a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
2.
vn
go down in value
a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
3.
vn
leave undone or leave out
a central depository where things can be left or picked up
Full Definitions of drop
1

v let fall to the ground

“Don't drop the dishes”
Synonyms:
drop down, sink
fall or descend to a lower place or level
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plop
drop something with a plopping sound
dump
drop (stuff) in a heap or mass
hang
let drop or droop
plank down, plonk down, plump down
drop heavily
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v fall vertically

“the bombs are dropping on enemy targets”
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dump, plunge
fall abruptly
plummet, plump
drop sharply
flump, flump down
fall heavily
decline
go down
dip, sink
appear to move downward
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v fall or descend to a lower place or level

Synonyms:
drop down, sink
fall off, sink, slump
fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly
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drop open, fall open
open involuntarily
droop, flag, sag, swag
droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
sag, sag down
cause to sag
slouch, slump
assume a drooping posture or carriage
bag
hang loosely, like an empty bag
Type of:
change posture
undergo a change in bodily posture

v cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow

Synonyms:
cut down, fell, strike down
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chop down
cut down
poleax, poleaxe
fell with or as if with a poleax
log, lumber
cut lumber, as in woods and forests
cut
fell by sawing; hew
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v let or cause to fall in drops

Synonyms:
dribble, drip
drip
fall in drops
Type of:
pour
cause to run

v give birth; used for animals

“The cow dropped her calf this morning”
Type of:
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born

v take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth

“She dropped acid when she was a teenager”
Type of:
do drugs, drug
use recreational drugs

v hang freely

“The light dropped from the ceiling”
Synonyms:
dangle, swing
Types:
droop, loll
hang loosely or laxly
Type of:
hang
be suspended or hanging

n a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

“it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height”
Synonyms:
fall
Types:
free fall
the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
plunge
a steep and rapid fall
precipitation
the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
Type of:
gravitation
movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction
descent
a movement downward

n the act of dropping something

“they expected the drop would be successful”
Type of:
descent
the act of changing your location in a downward direction

n a shape that is spherical and small

“he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops
Synonyms:
bead, pearl
Types:
dewdrop
a drop of dew
teardrop
anything shaped like a falling drop (as a pendant gem on an earring)
Type of:
sphere
a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)

n a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

“he had a drop too much to drink”
“a drop of each sample was analyzed”
“there is not a drop of pity in that man”
Synonyms:
drib, driblet
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tear, teardrop
a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
raindrop
a drop of rain
droplet
a tiny drop
eye-drop, eyedrop
a drop from an eye dropper
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a steep high face of rock

“a steep drop
Synonyms:
cliff, drop-off
Types:
crag
a steep rugged rock or cliff
precipice
a very steep cliff
Type of:
formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth

n a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery

Synonyms:
drop cloth, drop curtain
Type of:
curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
2

v go down in value

“Stock prices dropped
Types:
fall off, sink, slump
fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly
tumble
fall suddenly and sharply
Type of:
decline, go down, wane
grow smaller

v grow worse

Synonyms:
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve
Antonyms:
convalesce, recover, recuperate
get over an illness or shock
recuperate
restore to good health or strength
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fatigue, jade, pall, tire, weary
lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
fade, languish
become feeble
rot, waste
become physically weaker
gangrene, mortify, necrose, sphacelate
undergo necrosis
conk out, peter out, poop out, run down, run out
use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
retire, withdraw
lose interest
Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

v fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death

“shop til you drop
Type of:
fall
pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind

v change from one level to another

“She dropped into army jargon”
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v lower the pitch of (musical notes)

Synonyms:
flatten
Antonyms:
sharpen
raise the pitch of (musical notes)
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

n a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

“a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index”
“there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery”
Synonyms:
dip, fall, free fall
Types:
correction
a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases
voltage drop
a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing
Type of:
decrease, decrement
the amount by which something decreases
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v leave undone or leave out

Synonyms:
leave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit
Antonyms:
attend to, take to heart
get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
Types:
forget
forget to do something
jump, pass over, skip, skip over
bypass

v stop pursuing or acting

drop a lawsuit”
Synonyms:
knock off
Types:
nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi
drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records
Type of:
cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
put an end to a state or an activity

v leave or unload

drop off the passengers at the hotel”
Synonyms:
discharge, drop off, put down, set down, unload
Types:
wharf
discharge at a wharf
air-drop
drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
Type of:
deliver
bring to a destination, make a delivery

v get rid of

Synonyms:
cast, cast off, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off
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exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
abscise
shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
exfoliate
cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
autotomise, autotomize
cause a body part to undergo autotomy
desquamate, peel off
peel off in scales
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing

“New Englanders drop their post-vocalic r's”
Type of:
elide
leave or strike out

v stop associating with

“They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock”
Synonyms:
dismiss, send away, send packing
Type of:
can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

v terminate an association with

drop him from the Republican ticket”
Synonyms:
dismiss, send away, send packing
stop associating with
Type of:
remove
remove from a position or an office

v pay out

Synonyms:
expend, spend
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consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
use up (resources or materials)
consume, squander, ware, waste
spend extravagantly
afford
be able to spare or give up
blow
spend lavishly or wastefully on
trifle away, wanton, wanton away
spend wastefully
underspend
spend at less than the normal rate
misspend
spend (money or other resources) unwisely
nickel-and-dime, penny-pinch
spend money frugally; spend as little as possible
commit, invest, place, put
make an investment
economise, economize, save
spend sparingly, avoid the waste of
lay out
spend or invest
piddle, piddle away, trifle, wanton, wanton away
waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
misspend
spend time badly or unwisely
run out
exhaust the supply of
drain
deplete of resources
indulge, luxuriate
enjoy to excess
dissipate, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, shoot
spend frivolously and unwisely
luxuriate, wanton
become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
burn, burn off, burn up
use up (energy)
fund
invest money in government securities
lavish, shower
expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
overspend
spend at a high rate
spend
spend completely
tighten one's belt
live frugally and use less resources
fling, splurge
indulge oneself
roll over
re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
shelter
invest (money) so that it is not taxable
tie up
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
job, speculate
invest at a risk
exhaust, play out, run down, sap, tire
deplete
buy into
buy stocks or shares of a company
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v utter with seeming casualness

drop a hint”
drop names”
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

v lose (a game)

“The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13”
Type of:
lose
fail to win

n a central depository where things can be left or picked up

Types:
maildrop
a drop where mail can be deposited
letter box, mailbox, postbox
public box for deposit of mail
Type of:
deposit, depositary, depository, repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

n a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)

Types:
dead drop
a drop used for the clandestine exchange of intelligence information
Type of:
hiding place
a place suitable for hiding something (such as yourself)

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