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English noun: drop

1. drop (shape) a shape that is spherical and small

SamplesHe studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops.
Beads of sweat on his forehead.

Synonymsbead, pearl

Broader (hypernym)sphere

Narrower (hyponym)dewdrop, teardrop

2. drop (quantity) a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

SamplesHe had a drop too much to drink.
A drop of each sample was analyzed.
There is not a drop of pity in that man.
Years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet.

Synonymsdrib, driblet

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)droplet, eye-drop, eyedrop, raindrop, tear, teardrop

3. drop (attribute) a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

SamplesA drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index.
There was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery.
A dip in prices.
When that became known the price of their stock went into free fall.

Synonymsdip, fall, free fall

Broader (hypernym)decrease, decrement

Narrower (hyponym)correction, voltage drop

4. drop (object) a steep high face of rock

SamplesHe stood on a high cliff overlooking the town.
A steep drop.

Synonymscliff, drop-off

Broader (hypernym)formation, geological formation

Narrower (hyponym)crag, precipice

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

Broader (hypernym)hiding place

Narrower (hyponym)dead drop

Domain categorydrug

6. drop (event) a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

SamplesIt was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height.


Broader (hypernym)descent, gravitation

Narrower (hyponym)free fall, plunge, precipitation

7. drop (artifact) a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery

Synonymsdrop cloth, drop curtain

Broader (hypernym)curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall

8. drop (artifact) a central depository where things can be left or picked up

Broader (hypernym)deposit, depositary, depository, repository

Narrower (hyponym)maildrop

9. drop (act) the act of dropping something

SamplesThey expected the drop would be successful.

Broader (hypernym)descent

English verb: drop

1. drop (motion) let fall to the ground

SamplesDon't drop the dishes.

ExamplesThe girls drop the wooden sticks

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)dump, hang, plank down, plonk down, plop, plump down

Verb groupdrop, drop, drop down, sink

2. drop (motion) to fall vertically

SamplesThe bombs are dropping on enemy targets.

ExamplesThe branches drop from the trees

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

Narrower (hyponym)decline, dump, flump, flump down, plummet, plump, plunge

Verb groupdrop

3. drop (change) go down in value

SamplesStock prices dropped.

ExamplesThe stock market is going to drop

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, go down, wane

Narrower (hyponym)fall off, sink, slump, tumble

4. drop (motion) fall or descend to a lower place or level

SamplesHe sank to his knees.

Synonymsdrop down, sink

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Narrower (hyponym)droop, drop open, fall open, flag, sag, sag, sag down, swag

Verb groupdrop, fall off, sink, slump

5. drop (social) terminate an association with

SamplesDrop him from the Republican ticket.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)remove

Verb groupdismiss, drop, send away, send packing

6. drop (communication) utter with seeming casualness

SamplesDrop a hint.
Drop names.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

7. drop (change) stop pursuing or acting

SamplesDrop a lawsuit.
Knock it off!.

Synonymsknock off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop

Narrower (hyponym)nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi

8. drop (contact) leave or unload

SamplesUnload the cargo.
Drop off the passengers at the hotel.

Synonymsdischarge, drop off, put down, set down, unload

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)deliver

Narrower (hyponym)air-drop, wharf

9. drop (contact) cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow

SamplesStrike down a tree.
Lightning struck down the hikers.

ExamplesThey drop the trees

Synonymscut down, fell, strike down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

Narrower (hyponym)chop down, cut, log, lumber, poleax, poleaxe

Causecome down, descend, fall, go down

10. drop (competition) lose (a game)

SamplesThe Giants dropped 11 of their first 13.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lose

Domain categoryathletics, sport

11. drop (possession) pay out

SamplesSpend money.

Synonymsexpend, spend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something on somebody

Broader (hypernym)pay

Narrower (hyponym)afford, blow, commit, consume, consume, deplete, eat, eat up, economise, economize, exhaust, invest, lay out, misspend, misspend, nickel-and-dime, penny-pinch, piddle, piddle away, place, put, run through, save, squander, trifle, trifle away, underspend, use up, wanton, wanton, wanton away, wanton away, ware, waste, wipe out

12. drop (change) lower the pitch of (musical notes)


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Domain categorymusic


13. drop (stative) hang freely

SamplesThe ornaments dangled from the tree.
The light dropped from the ceiling.

ExamplesThe lights drop from the ceiling

Synonymsdangle, swing

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)hang

Narrower (hyponym)droop, loll

14. drop (social) stop associating with

SamplesThey dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock.

Synonymsdismiss, send away, send packing

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate

Verb groupdrop

15. drop (contact) let or cause to fall in drops

SamplesDribble oil into the mixture.

Synonymsdribble, drip

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)pour

Verb groupdrip

16. drop (contact) get rid of

SamplesHe shed his image as a pushy boss.
Shed your clothes.

Synonymscast, cast off, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)abscise, autotomise, autotomize, exfoliate, exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough

17. drop (consumption) take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth

SamplesShe dropped acid when she was a teenager.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do drugs, drug

18. drop (cognition) omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing

Samples New Englanders drop their post-vocalic r's.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)elide

19. drop (cognition) leave undone or leave out

SamplesHow could I miss that typo?.
The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten.

Synonymsleave out, miss, neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)forget, jump, pass over, skip, skip over

Antonymsattend to, take to heart

20. drop (change) change from one level to another

SamplesShe dropped into army jargon.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change

21. drop (change) fall or sink into a state of exhaustion or death

SamplesShop til you drop.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)fall

22. drop (body) grow worse

SamplesHer condition deteriorated.
Conditions in the slums degenerated.
The discussion devolved into a shouting match.

Synonymsdegenerate, deteriorate, devolve

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Narrower (hyponym)fade, fatigue, jade, languish, pall, rot, tire, waste, weary

Antonymsconvalesce, recover, recuperate

23. drop (body) give birth; used for animals

SamplesThe cow dropped her calf this morning.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have

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