drop out

1. give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat (Freq. 2)

In the second round, the challenger gave up

Ant: ↑enter
Derivationally related forms: ↑quitter (for: ↑quit)
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s PP


Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑quit)

Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑give up)
2. withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values

She hasn't heard from her brother in years—he dropped out after moving to California

Hypernyms: ↑retire, ↑withdraw
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

3. leave school or an educational program prematurely

Many students drop out because they are not prepared for our challenging program

Derivationally related forms: ↑dropout
Hypernyms: ↑leave, ↑depart, ↑pull up stakes
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

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1) cease to participate in a race or competition
2) abandon a course of study

kids who had dropped out of college

3) reject conventional society to pursue an alternative lifestyle

a child of the sixties who had temporarily dropped out

4) Rugby restart play with a drop kick
score a drop goal

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drop out [phrasal verb]
1 : to stop attending a school or university before you have completed your studies

He dropped out after 10th grade.

— often + of

He dropped out of [=quit] college/school and began working full-time.

2 : to stop being part of a group
— usually + of

She was the first to drop out of the band.

3 : to stop being involved in regular society because you do not agree with or support its rules, customs, and values

Back in the sixties he dropped out and lived as a hippie for several years.

— see also dropout
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Main Entry:drop

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Drop-out — auch: Drop|out 〈[ aʊt]〉 I 〈m. 6〉 1. jmd., der sich aus seiner gesellschaftlichen Schicht gelöst hat u. ihre Normen nicht mehr erfüllt, Aussteiger 2. Drogenabhängiger II 〈n. 15; EDV〉 1. Au …   Universal-Lexikon

  • drop-out — [dʀɔpawt] n. m. invar. ÉTYM. 1967; mot angl. des États Unis « qui abandonne (ses études, sa vie professionnelle) », de to drop out « laisser tomber ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. || Un, une drop out : un(e) dropé(e). ⇒ 2. Droper (II., 2.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • drop-out — drop outs also dropout 1) N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone as a drop out, you disapprove of the fact that they have rejected the accepted ways of society, for example by not having a regular job. 2) N COUNT A drop out is someone who… …   English dictionary

  • Drop-out — [...|aut] der; [s], s, auch Drọp|out der; [s], s <zu engl. to drop out »herausfallen, ausscheiden«>: 1. jmd., der aus der sozialen Gruppe ausbricht, in die er integriert war (z. B. Studienabbrecher od. Jugendlicher, der die elterliche… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Drop-out — Drop out1 auch: Drop|out1 〈[drɔpaʊt] m.; Gen.: od. s, Pl.: s〉 jmd., der sich aus seiner sozialen Schicht gelöst hat od. ausgebrochen ist [Etym.: <engl. drop out »herausfallen«]   Drop out2 auch: Drop|out2 〈[drɔpaʊt] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; EDV〉… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • drop|out — or drop out «DROP OWT», noun. 1. a student who leaves a school or college before completing a course of study or before the end of a term: »California has the most college graduates…Wisconsin the fewest dropouts (Time). 2. a person who withdraws… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Drop-out — [dropa̲u̲t; engl. amer., zu engl. to drop = tropfen, fallen und engl. out = aus, heraus] m; s, s: 1) Patient, der eine Behandlung von sich aus beendet. 2) jemand, der aus einer sozialen Gruppe, in die er integriert war, ausbricht (Soziol.) …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • drop out of — drop out (of (something)) to stop doing something. He dropped out of school when he was 16. She dropped out the night before the race, saying she had an injury …   New idioms dictionary

  • drop out — (of (something)) to stop doing something. He dropped out of school when he was 16. She dropped out the night before the race, saying she had an injury …   New idioms dictionary

  • drop out — [v] stop doing an activity abandon, back out, cease, forsake, give notice, give up, leave, quit, renege, retreat, withdraw; concept 121 Ant. begin, carry out, engage, join …   New thesaurus

  • drop out — ► drop out 1) cease to participate. 2) pursue an alternative lifestyle. Main Entry: ↑drop …   English terms dictionary

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