Translation of drop in Spanish:

drop

gota, n.

Pronunciation /drɑp//drɒp/

noun

  • 1

    • 1.1(of liquid)

      gota feminine
      drop by drop gota a gota
      • down to the last drop hasta la última gota
      • we haven't had a drop of rain for six weeks no ha caído una gota de agua en seis semanas
      • is it raining? — no, just a few drops ¿llueve? — no, solo son cuatro gotas
      • Camomile tea is good for a bad stomach, but also helps you to fall asleep, like a couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow.
      • I see not water drops, but tears falling from sad eyes.
      • In agriculture, every drop of water can be utilised by installing the drip irrigation system.
      • In truth this sum is a mere drop in the ocean to the Chancellor.
      • Abruptly the sky darkened again, and fat drops of rain fell.
      • He explains how precious every drop of water is in their lives.
      • "We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean.
      • Rain fell harder now; large drops of it fell and landed all around them.
      • Just then Jake felt a few drops of rain hit his nose, and blinked.
      • He doesn't seem to be tired and hasn't taken a drop of water since we started.
      • To ensure that every drop of water is properly utilised, beneficiaries in rural or urban areas should be reasonably charged on the basis of the quantity used.
      • Every drop of treated water has to be paid for.
      • When the cold aircraft strikes a supercooled drop of water, part of the drop freezes instantly and sticks to the aircraft's skin.
      • A drop of rain fell onto my nose, which sent a chill down my back.
      • They are not beggars; they do not want even a drop of water, if they have no right to it.
      • The cold water tap produces nothing, not even a drop of liquid.
      • When the last few drops of the liquid entered my mouth the mug began to shake in my hands.
      • I was thinking about the way the rain falls, finding fellow drops.
      • With a sewing needle from her bedside table, Marylyn pricked her finger and squeezed it until two drops of blood fell onto the sheets.
      • Before he could return his hands to his pockets, a drop of water splashed onto his arm.
      • The brown plastic basin hadn't gotten a single drop of blood on it.
      • But small drops of water have fallen onto the page, diluting the charcoal, smearing the picture, and bringing me back to reality.
      • The freezing point varied slightly each time, and from that variation they could determine the rate at which the drop would freeze for a given temperature.
      • As she steps on shore, drops of blood fall on the stones.
      • After all it is just drops of water falling from the sky.
      • Strangely, not a drop of water spilled over the side.
      • By the time we finished walking round the projects, it was dark and the first drops of rain were beginning to fall.
      • The canopy was so dense that it took 10 minutes of steady rain before I felt the first drop.
      • A £40 million pipeline has never carried a drop of water since it was built in North Yorkshire more than seven years ago.
      • We had dinner with Anne, Will, Jane, Liz and Bill on Friday evening and a few drops of rain fell.
      • We topped the pass as the first drops of rain fell, and then beat the storm in a reckless 20 kilometres downhill dash.
      • Because of the dry season there was not one tiny drop of water in the river.
      • A light, wonderfully rich moisturiser which claims to work on rehydrating the skin in much the same way that a single drop of water can bring to life plants found in the deserts of South Africa.
      • The narrow nozzle serves to atomize the flowing liquid - break it up into tiny drops, which form a fine spray.
      • I watched as the drops of condensation fell from the glass of orange juice.
      • Make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing a few drops of your favorite liquid foundation with your facial moisturizer.
      • If the drops don't grow large enough, they can begin falling as tiny drizzle drops, but these often evaporate before reaching the ground.
      • The area is so dry that places have been recorded to go for more than three years at a time without a single drop of water.
      • She has not had a drop of water for almost two weeks.
      • It was true when we were taught to save every grain and every drop of water.
      • Add just a drop of water and cream this to a paste.
      • People living in these areas have to wait for hours altogether and sometimes they to wait for days altogether for a single drop of water.

    • 1.2(small amount)

      gota feminine
      he hasn't touched a drop since the accident no ha probado el alcohol desde que tuvo el accidente
      • go on, have some — OK, just a drop anda, bebe —bueno, una gotita
      • I take a drop now and then tomo un traguito de vez en cuando

    • 1.3drops pluralMedicine

      gotas feminine
      ear/nose drops gotas para los oídos/la nariz
      • eye drops colirio
      • Antihistamine drops that are very well tolerated also are available, and those are prescription.
      • Just like any other medicine, eye drops can cause side effects.
      • When faced with a patient who is lactose intolerant, many health professionals recommend lactase pills or drops.
      • If you do use decongestant nasal drops or sprays, be careful to take them for no more than three days.
      • Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointment, which can only be obtained with a prescription from your doctor.
      • Pink eye is usually treated with antibiotic drops or ointment.
      • Echinacea is a herbal medicine available as drops or tablets.
      • To treat conjunctivitis in a newborn, doctors may use antibiotics, eye drops, or ointment.
      • Infective conjunctivitis caused by bacteria is usually treated with antibiotic drops or ointment, in the affected eye.
      • The number of capsules, tablets, drops, or dropperfuls of solution that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.
      • If you have bacterial conjunctivitis, you might need to use antibiotic eye drops.
      • Your child's doctor will give you antibiotic ointment or drops along with specific instructions on how to care for your child.
      • Your baby's eyes will be treated with medicated drops or ointment.
      • After the operation, you will be given eye drops containing a steroid to help reduce inflammation, and an antibiotic to stop the eye getting infected.
      • I had a box of medication - eye drops and ointments.
      • In nonfluoridated areas, your child's doctor or dentist may prescribe fluoride drops, tablets, or vitamins.
      • For watering eyes, antihistamine eye drops work quickly and are suitable for people with eye symptoms that come and go.
      • In a week, after treatment with steroid drops and tablets, the inflammation subsided.
      • After Caleb was dressed the doctor came back with his medicated drops and he was ready to go.
      • Steroid nasal sprays and drops help to prevent all nose symptoms, including, sneezing and congestion.

    • 1.4(in chandelier)

      lágrima feminine
      cairel masculine River Plate
      she wore a diamond drop in each ear llevaba unos pendientes de brillantes en forma de lágrima
      • acid drops caramelos ácidos
      • chocolate drops pastillas de chocolate

  • 2

    • 2.1(fall)

      (in temperature) descenso masculine
      (in voltage) caída feminine
      (in voltage) descenso masculine
      (in prices) caída feminine
      (in prices) baja feminine
      she had to take a drop in salary tuvo que aceptar un sueldo más bajo
      • a drop of 30% / a 30% drop in sales un descenso del 30% en las ventas
      • China Eastern has experienced a 20 per cent drop in the number of passengers taking Sino-US routes since September 11.
      • What has been unusual in recent years has been the speed of manufacturing's decline - a drop of five percentage points of output share in as many years.
      • That is a significant drop of some 30,000 crimes.
      • The crowd of spectators sat on the edges of their seats, waiting with bated breath for the drop of the violet flag.
      • The drop from 44.7 to 43.7 completed a full year of decline for the sector.
      • The economic slowdown in the US has led to a precipitous drop in tax revenues for states and municipalities.
      • There has been a big decrease in unemployment over the past year, with a drop of 583 since October 1999.
      • Sports facilities in York have suffered a dramatic drop in visitor numbers, despite huge support to keep them open.
      • Suddenly, the ship halted with the drop of the anchor.
      • This drop could mean as much as a 50 percent decrease in heart disease risk.
      • While, in comparison to last summer, the employment rate has taken a slight drop, the numbers are by no means a bad omen.
      • This corresponds to a drop from an annual gross emigration rate of 14.8 percent to 3.7 percent of the population.
      • He welcomed the drop that had occurred in UK birth rates.
      • Meeting analysts' expectations was necessary to avoid a sharp drop in share prices.
      • There were reductions all over the Bay, with the biggest drop recorded in the Eastern Bay with 25 per cent fewer crime complaints.
      • A fitter person can experience a drop of more than 50 beats in the first minute.
      • The drop was largely due to changes in conversion rates.
      • No current literacy statistic is available, but in 1995 the rate was estimated to be 42 percent, a sharp drop from the previous decade.
      • Swindon is one of the worst performing towns, seeing a 1.6 per cent drop in prices.
      • Housing prices in general continued to decline in April, with a drop of 7.1 per cent.
      • The missile weighed 23,000 pounds and the drop was successful.
      • The sale is binding upon both seller and buyer at the drop of the hammer.
      • Manufacturing saw a drop of 17,000 jobs and 11,000 jobs were lost in transportation, mostly trucking.
      • The massive fall-off in lucrative television revenue means a drop of at least £14m.

    • 2.2(difference in height)

      caída feminine
      a sudden drop una caída abrupta
      • a sheer drop onto the rocks una caída a plomo sobre las rocas
      • The drop is somewhere between five and seven feet.
      • Last night it was still not clear whether the group had had a torch, but there are a series of notices on the cliff-top path warning of a steep drop.
      • A section of loose shale and small boulders, next to a steep drop to the creek, gives us a sample of things to come.
      • Many follow the island's 1,365 miles of irrigation channels, called levadas, stretches of which run along steep slopes with precipitous drops to one side.
      • I peeked at my surroundings every minute or so, which is why my heart fell into my stomach at the sight of the steep drop.
      • On the third morning of his trek across the mountains, he found himself on the edge of a steep cliff, with a drop of several hundred feet before him.
      • It must be waterproof, vermin-proof and able to survive a 100-foot drop without a parachute.
      • He relaxed in the sun, near the edge of a ten-meter drop that hit the slope of the mountain.
      • The second mile is a huge drop into Brooklyn, and by about halfway, in the borough of Queens, 12 flat miles are followed by a climb, a drop and another steep climb.
      • He plunged down the sheer drop and landed in the stream.
      • With its thick, stone wall to our right and a steep drop to our left, we didn't dare take our eyes off the narrow path for long.
      • The main gates could be opened with a strong shoulder alone, and beyond them was only a drop of a few hundred feet.
      • We were on a very narrow road with a steep drop along the right hand side, and were going along quite slowly when the off side wheels went over the edge.
      • The steep drop to the creek was an easy place for the disposal of the highwaymen's victims.
      • But get to the top and gaze over Callander, and you soon realise how steep the drop is: you have climbed higher than 1,000 ft.
      • I got to my feet slowly, well aware of the drop only a few feet away.
      • A short distance from this site, Mr Tobin stops his van at the side of the mountain road where there is a steep drop to a stream.
      • First there are steep stone steps, then a gradual rise, a levelling out, a swoop to the top and a steep drop to the stone steps on the other side.
      • Then you've got these 30 ft drops you gotta be careful of.
      • Mr Teasdale had put on last year's ski video in an attempt to take nervous people's mind off the drop which was a few feet from their right.

    • 2.3(trapdoor)

      escotillón masculine
      • Smith the Hangman placed him in the centre of the drop.
      • Once placed on the drop of the gallows Baird addressed the silent crowd.
      • Once assembled on the drop, the hangman, probably Edward Dennis, put the nooses round their necks while they prayed with the Ordinary.

  • 3

    • 3.1Aviation
      (of supplies)

      lanzamiento masculine
      they were unable to make the drop (desde el avión, helicóptero etc) no pudieron lanzar los víveres
      • The mood of VE day will be re-created with a massive free party in the park on Sunday, which will feature Second World War vehicles and a parachute drop, weather permitting.
      • Ok, now I imagine on a trek like this you carry your food and all supplies, or are there food drops or some basic support?
      • The council offered to arrange for a helicopter drop of supplies.
      • There was, however, no way of contacting them and arranging for a parachute drop.
      • The most important decision made by Stirling was that any insertion into enemy territory would be best done by going overland - not by parachute drop.
      • An article in the Post suggests the US military was ready to begin emergency food drops into New Orleans much earlier in the week.
      • The Abwehr conducted four parachute drops to re-supply them with equipment, radios and cash.
      • After flying back from Copenhagen, he says he got straight on the phone to the authorities and all he did in the end was broker a deal to supply the transport plane used in the drop.
      • Parachute drops could be made by Whitley and Wellington bombers.
      • Of the eight planes that set out, only four were able to make their drops.
      • We made the drop a few minutes later but, because of darkness, could not tell if it was close to the kayak.
      • The food drop, thus far, seems to be a propaganda exercise, not a serious attempt to win favor by helping to address a humanitarian crisis.
      • The rain was so heavy during the ammunition drop that the aircraft hovering on top of the trees could barely be seen from the ground.
      • He would time the drop to occur at the same instant as a burst of friendly shots.
      • I was reminded of the part in A Bridge Too Far when the only supply drop the encircled Allied troops actually manage to retrieve contains nothing but burgundy berets.
      • At any time, however, if any doubt arises the pilot can abort the drop - caution is considered an asset.
      • One of the most obvious lessons Stirling learned was that a parachute drop could be a disaster.
      • ‘Greg, I need a report on enemy ground troops before I go in for a drop,’ he said through his headset.

    • 3.2British (parachute jump)

      lanzamiento masculine
      salto masculine

  • 4

    • 4.1US (letter box)

      buzón masculine

    • 4.2US (collection point)

      punto de recogida masculine
      • Hell, you'll probably get arrested for the mail box drop too.
      • A tin can filled with information - part of a dead drop - was smeared with messy motor oil.
      • After the coup, he ran a newspaper stand, which functioned as a letter drop for the clandestine Communist Party.
      • Our requests were usually met, although there were occasional adjustments in types of weapons sent and frequent changes in time or locations of drops.
      • On the plus side, it does enable you to act out your John Le Carre Cold War fantasies with no shortage of dead letter drops and darkened doorways from which to covertly observe the locals.

    • 4.3slang (used by spies)

      punto de contacto masculine

  • 5

    (advantage)
    to get the drop on sb sacar (la pistola) antes que algn
    • they had the drop on us estaban en una situación de ventaja con respecto a nosotros

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(accidentally)

      I/you/he dropped the cup se me/te/le cayó la taza
      • don't drop it! ¡que no se te caiga!
      • she stumbled and dropped the tray tropezó y se le cayó la bandeja
      • he dropped an easy catch perdió una pelota fácil

    • 1.2(deliberately)

      (cup/vase) dejar caer
      (vase/cup) tirar
      (bomb/supplies) lanzar
      to drop sb by parachute lanzar a algn en paracaídas
      • drop that gun! ¡suelta ese revólver!
      • to drop anchor anclar
      • to drop sb/sth like a hot potato / brick no querer saber nada más de algn/algo
      • The organisation bitterly resented the fact that food parcels were being dropped at the same time as bombs.
      • He drops the cigarette, falling to his knees in front of her, and pressing her hand against his cheek.
      • Clearing weather the following day enabled planes to drop supplies.
      • At the same time, many containers with relief supplies were dropped on deserted or mined areas.
      • Rescue planes soon found the bomber and its crew and dropped further supplies.
      • He dropped his bag next to the coat rack by the front door.
      • While the Indian Air Force kept dropping food and medical supplies, it is the fishermen who've kept the death toll as low as it is.
      • Vincent fell to the ground, dropping his books and falling to a crouched position.
      • The fire had started when she fell asleep and dropped her cigarette.
      • A legend held by the Red Army told of soldiers who were dropped from a low flying plane without parachutes as they were targeted at a large snow-bank!
      • Maybe the bombers should drop supplies of aid technical and other support to meet the needs of the Afghans.
      • Only on rare occasions would an entire Brigade be dropped for an assault upon one objective.
      • Couldn't they airlift food and water and drop it by parachute or helicopter to some dry areas?
      • Once I see that the danger is gone, I drop my gun and fall over, clasping my leg.
      • Investigations by police and fire officers concluded that one of them had fallen asleep and dropped a lit cigarette end.
      • The Germans have to fly increasingly further with fewer aircraft and landing fields to drop supplies.
      • Over the next 11 days, French and US warplanes dropped 3,250 bombs.
      • When the plane landed back at Heathrow, one of the six crates was found to be missing, and during unloading, a large cardboard box was dropped and the lid fell off.
      • She fell pretty hard, dropping a plate, and banging her head on the ground.
      • They moved into position and prepared to drop troops.
      • Their method was to drop troops ahead of the main advancing forces to seize major targets and maximise the element of surprise.
      • He drops his sword and falls to the ground in front of the doorway.
      • Did they drop thousands of bombs on largely vacated enemy territory?
      • Mia fell back screaming and dropping the candle.
      • He wades into the water and of course falls over and drops his walking stick.
      • To date, the US air force has dropped 1,550,000 food packages over the country.
      • We dropped the Parachute Regiment into Arnhem and also towed gliders over.
      • The BBC reports that the bomb was mistakenly dropped by a U.S. warplane.
      • I dropped my bag next to my usual seat in the back and sat down.
      • A snap was heard as a bag was dropped to the floor.
      • He drops the phone and falls back to the floor, shaking.
      • He heard something snap and the student fell, dropping the crate.
      • She rushed forward almost dropping the torch as she fell to her knees on the ground in front of him.
      • When an Australian airforce plane did finally fly over the area, it dropped no relief supplies.
      • The troops would be dropped at a site seven miles away, losing any element of surprise.
      • The helicopters dropped relief supplies into parts of the hard-hit province virtually cut off from the rest of the world.
      • He is saying that he will drop food and medical supplies.
      • Ben fell to the floor dropping his bread and juice.

    • 1.3(in tennis)

      (ball) colocar
      • Again, however, the Warriors fell short, dropping the contest 60-47.
      • Two points behind Celtic, they cannot afford to rely on their rivals dropping points elsewhere along the way to the finish line and need the psychological boost of having their noses out in front.
      • Ukraine dropped three points and probably suffered a blow to their morale.
      • The visitors were yet to drop any points, conceding only one goal in their five games prior to the Leigh match.
      • The Killarney side had yet to drop any league points and went into the match with six wins from six outings.
      • But this was a richly deserved triumph for Lindsay Davenport who went through the tournament without dropping a set.
      • The Bulls now languish mid table after dropping both of their Easter weekend matches against the competition's top two clubs.
      • The Chinese have yet to drop a match and have only conceded two goals while Germany started well before going through a dry patch during the pool phase.
      • United could ill afford to drop a point in the championship race but after Paul Scholes slammed them into a 15th minute lead that possibility was never on the agenda.
      • Athletic have not dropped a point since the beginning of October.
      • Phil Mickelson drops a shot and falls back to a tie for third with the amateur Ricky Barnes.
      • The Derbyshire club had dropped points just once before this season after winning seven and drawing one of the first eight games to open a four point gap at the top.
      • The 2002 Wimbledon finalist has yet to drop a set in four matches.
      • As the wind increased he kept his score intact, dropping only one shot on the treacherous back nine at 15 seeing a birdie putt the last just lip out.
      • People are going to drop points and it's up to us to capitalise on that.
      • With Albion dropping points Holme Wood Athletic are the new Premier leaders.
      • Unfortunately her second round fell apart as she dropped two shots to par with a 74.
      • And having dropped four points in their previous two fixtures, the Londoners can ill afford to slip up again.
      • We felt that we had dropped two points against Bournemouth last week so it was important to get back to winning ways and keep in touch with the sides at the top of the table.
      • Bradford Boys have dropped their first points of the season in the Under-15 Yorkshire Cup.

    • 1.4(give birth to)

      (foal/lamb) parir
      • They were four hours east of Sterling, when Fly dropped her first pup.
      • The must ox drops its young generally in April.
      • This species of hartebeest has its young in the late dry season, some antelope prefer to drop their young during the first rains.
      • If you are worried that she is about to drop her kittens, get a box, put several blankets in there and place her on it.
      • She dropped her first litter of pups in September of 2003.

  • 2

    (lower)
    (hem) alargar
    (hem) bajar
    (eyes/voice) bajar
    (prices) bajar
    (prices) reducir
    • Grasshopper numbers will drop through the fall and most grasshoppers will die off with the first hard freeze.
    • Temperatures dropped dangerously low, even for a Russian climate.
    • And among the best fathers, it turns out, testosterone levels actually drop significantly after the birth of a child.
    • The North West Air Ambulance was scrambled and was able to land on the beach just metres from where the boy had dropped.
    • Temperatures have dropped significantly since snow fell over the past few days.
    • I jumped, or dropped, whichever sounds more dignified, off the pipe.
    • Fins on, reg in, I lowered myself into the clear liquid of the Blue Hole and dropped through the vertical cavern to fin out into the iridescent blue.
    • Evidence showed that risks of birth defects would drop if mothers-to-be took more folic acid.
    • The average retirement age for a man has dropped from 67 in 1950 to 64 today.
    • Finally, out of the pine tree, a figure dropped to the ground, landing on its hands and knees.
    • Both guards instinctively dropped to the ground and rolled towards the walls.
    • Her voice dropped to a whisper such that only the adjacent people could hear.
    • As you know copper and cobalt prices have dropped to their lowest levels in many years.
    • When blood pressure drops, less blood flows to the brain, leading to fainting.
    • In Tokyo, which is normally seen as leading the nationwide trend, consumer prices fell even further, dropping 1.2% in August.
    • And with that he let himself drop.
    • When peak flow readings drop, it's a sign of increasing airway inflammation.
    • She then dropped to the ground, and ran towards a gate, knowing the guards aren't paying attention.
    • Share prices have dropped from a high of £2.35 to a meagre six pence.
    • Following his remand into custody the crime statistics for the area showed a massive fall and reported street crime dropped dramatically.
    • The crews grabbed them from the first floor of their terraced home in Prestwich after the family dropped on to the roof of their bay windows.
    • In addition, predictions that housing prices would drop began appearing in the local media.
    • At night, the temperatures dropped almost intolerably low.
    • Wordlessly, she stands up and, doesn't drop, but jumps off going further than she should.
    • The big tree rustled and a guy dropped down to the ground right in front of us.
    • Energy demand might not drop much unless the price of energy doubled.
    • Furious investors frantically sold their shares, causing the share price to drop 54 per cent in one day.
    • It's as though I'm dropping from a great height at high speed.
    • Without injury, I dropped and landed, and Fraust reappeared from the shadows.
    • A dramatic collapse in interest rates continues, with yields generally dropping to the lowest levels since early 1999.
    • Since September of this year the figures have dropped considerably with 71 unemployed joining the workplace.
    • As night falls and temperatures drop below zero, the Bolivians start to party with fireworks and high jinks into the early hours.
  • 3

    • 3.1(set down)

      (passenger/cargo) dejar
      • Mrs Throup added that the football pitch would enhance the village's amenities and the car park would be used for parents dropping and picking up their children and for employees of the nursery.
      • The cab dropped her off outside of her apartment and she walked, with some difficulty, to the front door.
      • After everything was packed up they dropped Karina and I at the gym.
      • ‘One day, after dropping Stephen off, I realised I was being followed,’ she says.
      • After dropping Adam off, I drove to the local supermarket in the area, which is a Franklins store.
      • Cat dropped her cousin off and went to the police station as requested.
      • The Royal Procession drops the Queen off at the paddock so that she can get a close look at her runner in the first race, Approval.
      • They rode back to the city, they had asked to be dropped at the supermarket hoping to buy necessary supplies.
      • The bus driver, who dropped me there, wanted to give me a personal tour.
      • If the roles were reversed, I wouldn't have hesitated in dropping him home.
      • The truth of the matter is you could very well drop your 10-year-old off and pick him up eight hours later and find him as safe as when you left.
      • Michael and I dropped Preacher John at his apartment, then took Rob home.
      • You can drop your puppy off on your way to work and let him spend the day playing and interacting with other dogs until you pick him up on your way home.
      • After dropping Donny off to his worried parents, Donovan carried me back to the house.
      • Older children drop their younger brothers and sisters at the bright and shiny preschool at the back of the school grounds before ambling on to their own classrooms.
      • The driver dropped his passengers outside the Tib Street café before parking the vehicle on Dorsey Street.
      • After a while we decided that it was pretty boring so he dropped me home.
      • The only problem is I can't drive for a while, so I need Wes to drop supplies off for me.
      • He dropped her off outside her apartment building, pressing the flowers into her hand.
      • He offered to give him a lift to the airport, but Brigitte just wanted to be dropped at the bus stop.

    • 3.2(deliver)

      pasar a dejar
      I can drop them there on my way home puedo pasar por allí a dejarlos de camino a casa

  • 4informal

    (send)
    (note/postcard) mandar
    drop me a line a ver si me mandas / me escribes unas líneas
  • 5

    (utter)
    (remark/hint) soltar
    (hint/remark) dejar caer
    • I spent the rest of the season casually dropping into any conversation I could that I once met Delia Smith.
    • Antinori, however, goes one step further and casually drops into the conversation that his team has cloned nine monkeys, ‘nine beautiful, healthy monkeys’.
    • All I could think is that if I had won this prize, you couldn't stop me from dropping the fact into every conversation I had from that point forward.
    • The writer / actor enjoys dropping names, making fancy comparisons, and expressing intellectualized insights.
    • Alyson drops off two volumes of short stories and a novel.
    • Sure enough, on the drive back to Bandon, my obviously embarrassed sister tried as casually as she could to drop into conversation a message from my mother.
    • Cards should be dropped to the school within the next two weeks.
    • Their author, however, talks about them less as books and more as the conduit for their characters - which she drops into conversation as if they were old mutual acquaintances.
    • No surprise Susan fell for Andrew from the start, and yes, she'd picked up on the marriage hints he'd casually dropped along the way.
    • One day, while out shooting, Francis casually drops into the conversation that he has a daughter, Anna, from a fling years ago, whose mother has just died.
    • At lunchtime I went down town and dropped the Bach score in on James.
    • She drops into her reminiscences an account of a half - sister of hers who refused an arranged marriage, and was systematically starved, beaten and tortured by her father, with the knowledge and sanction of the community.
    • That doesn't stop him from dropping the usual snide comments.
    • Once you have completed the questionnaire drop it in to me at the clinic and make an appointment to discuss the results.
    • He's harder to read, sullen when you first meet him, but very relaxed in Georgia's company and given to deadpan asides that he drops into her indiscreet chatter.
    • Mel and I head to the mall to shop for Daz's birthday present and then drop it round to the flat.
  • 6informal

    (knock down)
    derribar
    tumbar informal
    • He dropped all of his old friends and found new ones and within a month we had completely lost the boy we used to know.
    • What hurt the most is that he dropped me completely.
    • I think you should just drop her.
    • You drop all of your friends and family, you disappear for months at a time, and you're rude as hell when you finally do resurface!
    • Alex discovered why he has been dropped as a friend and a lover by Benny.
  • 7

    • 7.1(omit)

      (word/syllable/letter) omitir
      she drops her aitches / h's se come las haches informal
      • this verb drops the 'e' when inflected este verbo pierde la 'e' al conjugarse
      • to drop sth (from sth) suprimir algo (de algo)
      • to drop sb from a team sacar a algn de un equipo
      • if they drop Bob, they'll lose their best man si se deshacen de Bob, van a perder a su mejor jugador
      • He was dropped from the test team in January 2002 and has received just one chance since.
      • It will also examine its product portfolio, dropping the less profitable lines.
      • The local weekly paper however decided to drop WPC Peters' story from the front page, for this!
      • Foreign languages were on the list of subjects schools most commonly asked to be allowed to drop from the timetable for struggling pupils, it said.
      • Jaycee, 22, whose looks like his father, has dropped Chan as his surname and adopted Fong, an old family name.
      • We ran them in error at 8pm last night and they were immediately dropped and deleted from our system after that.
      • Provisional ballots are a system designed to protect voters mistakenly dropped from the rolls or otherwise wrongly disqualified.
      • Mental health campaign groups have welcomed reports that the government has decided to drop its controversial Mental Health Bill.
      • If you were looking for ways to get dropped, scoring your first ever career hat-trick wouldn't be at the top of the list.
      • By September of 2003, Time Warner decided to drop AOL from its name altogether.
      • Both photos were going into the article but one had to be dropped due to space and that is when the caption mix-up happened.
      • Freddie and his board were about to drop him when he quit.
      • I let kids know that if caught a second time in this, they will be dropped immediately from the course.
      • Peter congratulated him before asking which unfortunate soul had been dropped to make way for his young brother.
      • It was long after he established himself as such that he eventually decided, for his own reasons, to drop the ‘Montgomery’ from his name.
      • In those days you could be dropped for missing a tackle, and I know several players who got one or two caps when they should have had 30.
      • Believe me, our farm crew was 100 percent behind our decision to drop the smaller box size.
      • Two consequences flow from dropping so many products each year.
      • Three former ministers dropped from the Cabinet a fortnight ago were appointed ministers of State.
      • She decided to drop the random testing element of her bill.

    • 7.2(give up, abandon)

      (case) abandonar
      (charges) retirar
      (idea/plan) abandonar
      (plan/idea) renunciar a
      (habit) dejar
      (friend/associate) dejar de ver a
      let's drop the subject cambiemos de tema
      • drop it! ¡basta ya!
      • just drop everything and come déjalo todo y vente
      • They faced years in jail if convicted but nine months later all charges were dropped without explanation.
      • After years spent in and out of the courts, all charges were dropped without explanation or apology.
      • What will happen if GPs decide to drop some of their services they currently provide?
      • She decided the trial should go ahead despite being advised by the state attorney that the charges, brought by an investor group, should be dropped.
      • By the time he came before the magistrates' court on 9th June 1994 the drug charges had been dropped.
      • When dolphins beach themselves, entire seaside towns drop everything to whisk them back into the water.
      • When the men smelled the cooked food, they dropped everything, washed hands and faces, and took a seat at the tables.
      • Many airlines are dropping Saturday-night stay requirements on some restricted fares.
      • The idea must have been dropped soon after the initial request.
      • ‘The thing about studying here is that you have to be able to drop everything in a second,’ she explains.
      • Should one drop everything to answer the phone?
      • If something comes up that has to be dealt with, I drop everything else, so that it can be done.
      • ‘Angie has dropped everything for me and running the charity has changed both our lives,’ she said.
      • He can't expect everyone to drop what he or she is doing when he returns.
      • Men started to drop what they were doing and run back to the camp.
      • Within six months, controls on food would be dropped.
      • A proposal to furlough employees for four to five unpaid days over winter break has been dropped.
      • I think I'm right in saying that charges were brought but were subsequently dropped.
      • The original charge was dropped without explanation over a year later.
      • In addition, a proposal to protect 1.2 million acres of owl habitat would be dropped.

  • 8

    (lose)
    (match/game) perder
    he dropped $100 on the deal se le fueron / perdió 100 dólares en el asunto
    • I have dropped 10000 dollars so far.
    • Three Saudi Arabian princes dropped more than $6 million on the roulette wheel at the Monte Carlo Casino.
    • Before you step into a studio and drop your hard earned money, here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself beforehand.
    • This player was clearly a solid gold customer, dropping over 20 thousand.
    • Now don't get me wrong, I haven't dropped thousands of dollars. Not even hundreds of dollars.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(fall)

      (object) caer(se)
      (plane) bajar
      (plane) descender
      the book/vase dropped from her hand el libro/jarrón se le cayó de la mano
      • he dropped to the ground se tiró / echó al suelo
      • he vaulted the wall and dropped (down) lightly onto the grass saltó el muro y se dejó caer suavemente sobre el césped
      • to drop out of sight perderse de vista
      • She stuffed the chip bag into the wrong spot in the pantry, and it fell out and dropped to the floor.
      • A thrust and twist through its chest, and it fell limp, the daggers clattering as they dropped from its hands.
      • Beneath the words there is a powerful smear of black paint, with drip lines dropping from it.
      • As you begin to get drowsy, the spoon will drop to the floor, hitting the plate, waking you up.
      • Three more petals fell out and dropped to the floor, making thirteen petals in all.
      • A pencil dropped, clattering to the floor in the silent room and I woke up suddenly.
      • The ball dropped from a height but boomed wide of the upright.
      • Her eyes widened, jaw nearly dropping to the floor.
      • Our jaws nearly drop to the floor in shock.
      • Sidroc opened his mouth and the knife dropped with a clatter to the stone floor.
      • But then a leaflet from my Conservative candidate dropped through the letterbox.
      • She had just let the tears fall softly, dropping onto her grey skirt.
      • My spoon dropped clumsily from my hand.
      • It ran the length of the table and dropped with a gentle plop and rattle into the corner pocket.
      • Sebastian's subsequent survival was another aerial spectacle as his boat dropped vertically to the stage in stormy lighting.
      • There was blood leaking out, dropping onto his chin.
      • When this edition of the book dropped through the letterbox, I was mildly intrigued.
      • He snapped up, staring at me with his eyes wide and his jaw nearly dropping to the ground.
      • Drops of fresh blood were slowly dropping from it, falling to the floor, deadly, slowly, silently.
      • There was a loud click followed by a snap, and the manacle at his wrist fell open, dropping heavily into his lap.

    • 1.2(collapse)

      desplomarse
      I dropped into an armchair feeling exhausted me desplomé exhausto en un sillón
      • he kept running till he dropped siguió corriendo hasta caer rendido
      • to be ready to drop estar cayéndose
      • I was dropping on my feet no me podía tener en pie
      • He dropped into a crouch beside the dog's owner and opened the oxygen case.
      • During the rut stags lost some 200 lb in weight, and can literally drop with exhaustion.
      • I was ready to drop from lack of sleep, so we proceeded home.
      • His psychology is surprisingly effective and though I am ready to drop I carry on trying my best, probably increasing my effort.
      • When a few minutes had passed, he dropped into a crouch.
      • After eleven and a half hours, I was pretty much ready to drop.
      • I began to fume as I was ready to drop from tiredness, but I couldn't say anything because the people there were really nice.
      • The soldiers dropped to the ground, weapons drawn, firing back with little or no cover.
      • He stared at him tentatively, dazed, then dropped back to the ground cross-legged.
      • She would pace until she dropped from exhaustion, sleep for half a day, then get up and start pacing again.
      • The event kicked off with Rourke running away from the assembled hacks towards the sea, dropping to his knees and engaging in what appeared to be a silent prayer.
      • Eric dropped to the ground and fired from the prone position, sweeping left and right with the firing gun.
      • Just can't get rid of your flabby belly, even though you do sit-ups and crunches until you're ready to drop?
      • Confused, I nevertheless dropped to the floor, scooting away from the window.
      • When Charlie walked into the auto shop that day he almost dropped to his knees.
      • Not trusting herself to necessarily remain on top of the cliff standing, she dropped to her stomach and slithered toward the edge of the cliff.
      • It looked like you were ready to drop after a couple of hours there, Brooke.
      • When the sirens come on, all citizens should drop to the ground and place their hands behind their backs.
      • They all dropped to the ground, burying their heads under their arms.
      • I was exhausted and ready to drop before the day was even half over but there was no way in hell I was going to give Annie the satisfaction of seeing me like that.
      • The man dropped to the ground, trying unsuccessfully to move his legs.
      • By 3pm they were ready to drop and headed home laden with bargains.
      • Kathryn shook her head and immediately dropped down to her knees from the swings.
      • James groaned from the ground and Andy dropped to her knees to help him.
      • She had simply dropped to the ground where she'd been standing.
      • ‘You look ready to drop,’ he said the minute I left the practice room.
      • His horse looked ready to drop, and lines of worry and a sleepless night crossed his face.
      • A cry rang amongst the men and one man dropped to the ground, an arrow through his neck.
      • Was that the sound of 100 people dropping to the floor in a faint?
      • At the shot, the buck dropped to the ground but was up again moving away with no flash of the white tail to be seen.
      • It was nearly three in the morning and he looked ready to drop from exhaustion.
      • The idea that all workers must work until they drop from exhaustion is to approach the problem from the wrong end.
      • I didn't know who had killed them, but the two figures dropped to the ground a fraction of a second after we started shooting.
      • Then its head sunk down and the beast simply dropped to the ground, fast asleep.
      • They looked as though they were ready to drop though.
      • She stayed up working until she dropped with exhaustion where she sat.
      • Despite the fact that Josh forced her to fight him until she was ready to drop, she was having difficulties sleeping at night.
      • Sure enough, I was ready to drop at five o'clock, returned to bed and fell instantly to sleep.
      • I'm more worried about dropping from sheer exhaustion.
      • You are dog tired, ready to drop from fatigue at any moment, when someone ushers you into a cosy room filled with comfy cushions and relaxing music.
      • The game was marred by numerous stoppages due to injuries and it was inevitable that players would drop to the ground with cramp after the action extended into a period of extra time.

  • 2

    • 2.1(decrease)

      (wind) amainar
      (temperature) bajar
      (temperature) descender
      (prices) bajar
      (prices) experimentar un descenso formal
      (voice) bajar

    • 2.2(in height)

      (terrain) caer
      (hemline) alargarse
      • Keep to the lane as it bends left then right and it drops more steeply downhill.
      • To my left, rough sloping ground dropped away steeply to reveal a clearing several hundred yards below.
      • Long steep slopes drop away on either side and the long ridge you have just climbed is a reminder you have to return, together with a steep climb back on to the south top.
      • Directly below, cliffs drop almost straight to the sea.
      • The transition from native forest is sudden, yet the larch plantation has its own beauty, as the track drops steeply to the Pudding Hill stream.
      • The rocky slopes dropped away abruptly into a plain scarred by dry creek-beds.
      • Carry on up the ridge to the summit, then descend south-east to reach a steep little spur dropping almost due east.
      • This charming village is huddled against a cliff which drops vertically to the river Dordogne.
      • The cliffs drop away below in a tumble of honeyed sandstone rocks, and below the sun glints off the Pacific Ocean.
      • Standing on the edge of cliffs that drop suddenly, it's easy to imagine that this is the world's brink.
      • The road from the top of the pass drops down to Lake Lyndon.
      • I strolled by sea grape hedges and through a gate to a limestone cliff dropping to the Atlantic.
      • The side bordering the mouth of a river however dropped steeply into 7 foot of water where the push of the costal currents collided with the flow of the river.
      • The ground dropped away from the far edge of the trail to a spectacular view of the canyon and the mountains beyond.
      • The fields drop steeply to the sea, and some are terraced.
      • At the far end of the parking area, turn left through a kissing gate and follow the path which drops steeply downhill and leads to a bridge over the River Croal.
      • In front the land dropped steeply away to the desert.
      • A couple of hundred yards from where the trees stopped, the ground dropped away in a sheer cliff.
      • To the east, a few hundred feet away, the land dropped like a low cliff into the water.
      • Another path, this time with a bench at the end, leads off to the right just before the track starts to drop steeply.

  • 3

    (lapse)
    he allowed the conversation to drop dejó que decayese la conversación
    • let the matter drop déjalo ya, no insistas
    • let it drop! I'm sick of hearing about it ¡basta de una vez! ya estoy harta de oír hablar de eso