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American English: /drɑp/
British English: /drɒp/

Translation of drop in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (of liquid) drop by drop 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
    Example sentences
    • By the time we finished walking round the projects, it was dark and the first drops of rain were beginning to fall.
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • It was true when we were taught to save every grain and every drop of water.
    • A £40 million pipeline has never carried a drop of water since it was built in North Yorkshire more than seven years ago.
    • He explains how precious every drop of water is in their lives.
    1.2 (small amount) 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
    she'd had a drop too much
    había bebido más de la cuenta
    a drop in the ocean or bucket
    un grano de arena en el desierto
    una insignificancia
    also: drops plural
    gotas (feminine plural)
    ear/nose drops
    gotas para los oídos/la nariz
    eye drops
    Example sentences
    • Your child's doctor will give you antibiotic ointment or drops along with specific instructions on how to care for your child.
    • Pink eye is usually treated with antibiotic drops or ointment.
    • Bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointment, which can only be obtained with a prescription from your doctor.
    1.4 (in chandelier) she wore a diamond drop in each ear
    llevaba unos pendientes de brillantes en forma de lágrima
    acid drops
    caramelos (masculine plural) ácidos
    chocolate drops
    pastillas (feminine plural) de chocolate
  • 2 2.1 (fall) (no plural)
    (in temperature) descenso (masculine)
    she had to take a drop in salary
    tuvo que aceptar un sueldo más bajo
    a drop of 30% or a 30% drop in sales
    un descenso del 30% en las ventas
    at the drop of a hat he has to be ready to leave everything and go at the drop of a hat
    tiene que estar siempre listo para dejarlo todo y salir en cualquier momento or sin previo aviso
    she could cook a superb meal at the drop of a hat
    podía preparar una comida estupenda en un santiamén or en un abrir y cerrar de ojos
    Example sentences
    • Suddenly, the ship halted with the drop of the anchor.
    • The crowd of spectators sat on the edges of their seats, waiting with bated breath for the drop of the violet flag.
    • The sale is binding upon both seller and buyer at the drop of the hammer.
    Example sentences
    • While, in comparison to last summer, the employment rate has taken a slight drop, the numbers are by no means a bad omen.
    • The drop was largely due to changes in conversion rates.
    • This corresponds to a drop from an annual gross emigration rate of 14.8 percent to 3.7 percent of the population.
    2.2 (difference in height) a sudden drop
    una caída abrupta
    a sheer drop onto the rocks
    una caída a plomo sobre las rocas
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    2.3 (trapdoor)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • Smith the Hangman placed him in the centre of the drop.
  • 3 3.1 (of supplies) (Aviation) they were unable to make the drop
    no pudieron llevar a cabo el lanzamiento
    no pudieron lanzar los víveres (desde el avión, helicóptero etc)
    Example sentences
    • The council offered to arrange for a helicopter drop of supplies.
    • One of the most obvious lessons Stirling learned was that a parachute drop could be a disaster.
    • There was, however, no way of contacting them and arranging for a parachute drop.
    3.2 (parachute jump) (British)
  • 4 4.1 (letter box) (US) 4.2 (collection point) (US)
    punto (masculine) de recogida
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    4.3 (used by spies) [slang]
  • 5 (advantage)to get the drop on somebody [colloquial] (with gun)
    sacar (la pistola) antes que alguien
    they had the drop on us
    estaban en una situación de ventaja con respecto a nosotros

transitive verb present participle dropping past tense, past participle dropped

  • 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
    this is your big chance, so don't drop the ball (US)
    es tu gran oportunidad, así que no vayas a meter la pata [colloquial]
    I've dropped a stitch
    1.2 (deliberately)
    dejar caer
    to drop somebody by parachute
    lanzar a alguien en paracaídas
    drop that gun!
    ¡suelta ese revólver!
    to drop anchor
    echar anclas
    to drop a brick or (British) a clanger
    meter la pata [colloquial]
    to drop somebody/something like a hot potato or brick
    no querer saber nada más de alguien/algo
    Example sentences
    • The fire had started when she fell asleep and dropped her cigarette.
    • Investigations by police and fire officers concluded that one of them had fallen asleep and dropped a lit cigarette end.
    • He drops the phone and falls back to the floor, shaking.
    Example sentences
    • Only on rare occasions would an entire Brigade be dropped for an assault upon one objective.
    • The Germans have to fly increasingly further with fewer aircraft and landing fields to drop supplies.
    • We dropped the Parachute Regiment into Arnhem and also towed gliders over.
    1.3 (in tennis)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • The visitors were yet to drop any points, conceding only one goal in their five games prior to the Leigh match.
    1.4 (give birth to)
    Example sentences
    • They were four hours east of Sterling, when Fly dropped her first pup.
    • This species of hartebeest has its young in the late dry season, some antelope prefer to drop their young during the first rains.
    • She dropped her first litter of pups in September of 2003.
  • 2 (lower)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • Wordlessly, she stands up and, doesn't drop, but jumps off going further than she should.
    • I jumped, or dropped, whichever sounds more dignified, off the pipe.
    Example sentences
    • Energy demand might not drop much unless the price of energy doubled.
    • In addition, predictions that housing prices would drop began appearing in the local media.
    • Furious investors frantically sold their shares, causing the share price to drop 54 per cent in one day.
  • 3 3.1 (set down)
    Example sentences
    • The driver dropped his passengers outside the Tib Street café before parking the vehicle on Dorsey Street.
    • The cab dropped her off outside of her apartment and she walked, with some difficulty, to the front door.
    • He dropped her off outside her apartment building, pressing the flowers into her hand.
    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
  • 4 (send) [colloquial]
    drop me a line
    a ver si me mandas or me escribes unas líneas
  • 5 (utter)
    dejar caer
    he's always dropping names
    siempre está mencionando gente importante
    to let it drop that …
    (inadvertently) dejar escapar que …
    (deliberately) dejar caer que …
    Example sentences
    • At lunchtime I went down town and dropped the Bach score in on James.
    • Once you have completed the questionnaire drop it in to me at the clinic and make an appointment to discuss the results.
    • Mel and I head to the mall to shop for Daz's birthday present and then drop it round to the flat.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • That doesn't stop him from dropping the usual snide comments.
    • The writer / actor enjoys dropping names, making fancy comparisons, and expressing intellectualized insights.
  • 6 (knock down) [colloquial]
    tumbar [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Alex discovered why he has been dropped as a friend and a lover by Benny.
    • 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!
    • I think you should just drop her.
  • 7 7.1 (omit)
    she drops her aitches or h's
    se come las haches [colloquial]
    no aspira las haches
    this verb drops the 'e' when inflected
    este verbo pierde la 'e' al conjugarse
    to drop something (from something)
    suprimir algo (de algo)
    to drop somebody from a team
    sacar a alguien 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
    Example sentences
    • He was dropped from the test team in January 2002 and has received just one chance since.
    • 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.
    7.2 (give up, abandon)
    renunciar a
    dejar de ver a
    let's drop the subject
    cambiemos de tema
    drop it! [colloquial]
    ¡basta ya! [colloquial]
    just drop everything and come
    déjalo todo y vente
    Example sentences
    • ‘The thing about studying here is that you have to be able to drop everything in a second,’ she explains.
    • ‘Angie has dropped everything for me and running the charity has changed both our lives,’ she said.
    • Should one drop everything to answer the phone?
  • 8 (lose)
    he dropped $100 on the deal (US)
    se le fueron or perdió 100 dólares en el asunto
    Example sentences
    • Before you step into a studio and drop your hard earned money, here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself beforehand.
    • 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.

intransitive verb present participle dropping past tense, past participle dropped

  • 1 1.1 (fall)
    the book/vase dropped from her hand
    el libro/jarrón se le cayó de la mano
    he dropped to the ground
    se tiró or 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
    Example sentences
    • Sebastian's subsequent survival was another aerial spectacle as his boat dropped vertically to the stage in stormy lighting.
    • My spoon dropped clumsily from my hand.
    • A thrust and twist through its chest, and it fell limp, the daggers clattering as they dropped from its hands.
    1.2 (collapse) 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
    to drop (down) dead
    caerse muerto
    drop dead! [colloquial]
    ¡vete al demonio! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Then its head sunk down and the beast simply dropped to the ground, fast asleep.
    • 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.
    • James groaned from the ground and Andy dropped to her knees to help him.
    Example sentences
    • It was nearly three in the morning and he looked ready to drop from exhaustion.
    • 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.
    • It looked like you were ready to drop after a couple of hours there, Brooke.
  • 2 2.1 (decrease)
    experimentar un descenso [formal]
    2.2 (in height)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • The ground dropped away from the far edge of the trail to a spectacular view of the canyon and the mountains beyond.
  • 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

Phrasal verbs

drop away

verb + adverb
the ground drops away sharply
el terreno cae abruptamente

drop back

verb + adverb
quedarse atrás
she dropped back to third place
se rezagó, quedando en el tercer puesto

drop behind

1verb + adverb
quedarse atrás
2verb + preposition + object
quedar atrás con respecto a
rezagarse con respecto a

drop by

1verb + adverb [colloquial] why don't you drop by for a cup of coffee some time?
¿por qué no pasas un día a tomar un café?
2verb + preposition + object I have to drop by the office
tengo que pasar por la oficina

drop in

verb + adverb
[colloquial] I'll drop in sometime tomorrow
pasaré mañana en algún momento
why don't we drop in and see her?
¿por qué no pasamos a verla?
Mary had just dropped in for coffee
acababa de llegar Mary a tomar un café
acababa de caer Mary a tomar un café [colloquial]
to drop in on somebody
pasar a ver a alguien
caerle a alguien [colloquial]

drop into

verb + preposition + object

drop off

1verb + adverb 1.1 (fall off)
1.2 (fall asleep) to drop off (to sleep)
quedarse dormido
1.3 (decrease)
2verb + object + adverb
the taxi will drop you off at the corner
el taxi te dejará en la esquina

drop out

verb + adverb
1 (from school, college, course)she dropped out (of school) he's dropped out of the course
ha dejado de asistir al curso
2 (during competition, race) (before event) he dropped out at the last moment
en el último momento decidió que no se presentaría ( or no tomaría parte etc. )
to drop out of politics
abandonar or dejar la política
3 (from society)
convertirse en un marginado

drop over

drop round

drop round

verb + adverb (British)
[colloquial] I'll drop round (to) her house
pasaré por su casa
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