• Of a liquid: to fall in drops or droplets.
  • To fall (straight down) under the influence of gravity, like a drop of liquid.
  • To fall or sink quickly or suddenly to the ground.
  • To collapse in exhaustion or injury; also, to fall dead, or to fall in death.
  • To fall into a particular condition or state.
  • To come to an end (by not being kept up); to lapse, to stop.
  • To decrease, diminish, or lessen in condition, degree, value, etc.
  • To fall behind or to the rear of a group of people, etc., as a result of not keeping up with those at the front.
  • Usually followed by by, in, or into: of a person: to visit someone or somewhere informally or without a prior appointment.
  • Of a programme, software, a music album or song, etc.: to enter public distribution.
  • To drop out of the betting.
  • Of the testicles: to hang further away from the body and begin producing sperm due to puberty.
  • To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
  • To drip (a liquid) in drops or small amounts.
  • To let (something) fall; to allow (something) to fall (either by releasing hold of, or losing one's grip on).
  • To move to a lower position; to allow to hang downwards; to lower.
  • Of an animal (usually a sheep): to give birth to (young); of a bird: to lay (an egg).
  • To mention (something) casually or incidentally, usually in conversation.
  • To let (a letter, etc.) fall into a postbox; hence, to send (a letter, email, or other message) in an offhand manner.
  • To make (someone or something) fall to the ground from a blow, gunshot, etc.; to bring down, to shoot down.
  • To set down (someone or something) from a vehicle; to stop and deliver or deposit (someone or something); to drop off.
  • To lower (a sound, a voice, etc.) in pitch or volume.
  • To cease concerning oneself over (someone or something); to have nothing more to do with (a discussion, subject, etc.).
  • To dispose or get rid of (something); to lose, to remove.
  • To cease to include (something), as if on a list; to dismiss, to eject, to expel.
  • To cancel or cease to participate in (a scheduled course, event, or project).
  • To release (a programme, software, a music album or song, etc.) to the public.
  • To fail to write, or (especially) to pronounce (a syllable, letter, etc.).
  • To cover (something) with or as if with drops, especially of a different colour; to bedrop, to variegate.


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  • From Late Middle English droppe, Middle English drope, from Old English dropa, from Proto-West Germanic *dropō, from Proto-Germanic *drupô, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrewb-.

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