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drop

drop

 
pronunciation:
drap
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
at the drop of a hat, drop off, drop out
features:
Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small amount of liquid, usually with a round shape.
Dew forms drops on the grass.
 
similar words:
bead, tear
definition 2: a very small amount of anything.
I like a drop of milk in my tea.
synonyms:
bit, dab
similar words:
dash, little, mite, pinch, speck, trace
definition 3: a sudden fall.
We were shaken up when the plane took a drop.There was a drop in temperature before the storm.
similar words:
decline, swoop
definition 4: the distance from the top to the bottom of something.
There is a drop of twenty feet from the bridge.
similar words:
decline, fall
definition 5: a decrease in amount.
The restaurant owner expects a drop in business after the holiday season.
synonyms:
decline
similar words:
decrease, reduction
phrase: at the drop of a hat
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: dropped, dropping, drops
definition 1: to fall to a lower level.
The book will drop off the shelf if you don't move it.
synonyms:
descend, fall, sink
antonyms:
mount
similar words:
dip, dive, lower, plunge, set, settle, subside
definition 2: to fall in amount, volume or quality.
Their voices dropped when the teacher came in.The temperature drops after sunset.
synonyms:
decrease, diminish, fall
antonyms:
mount
similar words:
dwindle, lower, plunge, shrink, sink
definition 3: to visit when not expected (followed by "in" or "by").
We dropped by my grandparents' house.
synonyms:
pop in, stop by, stop in
similar words:
call, visit
definition 4: to let fall.
I dropped the plate of spaghetti.She dropped an ice cube in her glass.
similar words:
deposit, dump, release, sink, unload
definition 5: to give up or leave out.
I had to drop band practice to make time for studying.
similar words:
discontinue, omit, quit, withdraw from
phrase: drop off
phrase: drop out
drop or fall?
Drop means to cause someone or something to move to a lower position. Fall describes the action in which something moves to a lower position.
Compare:
  • Don't drop the baby! Don't let him fall!
  • The baby fell from the step.