Definition of Drop out

1. Verb. Give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat. "In the second round, the challenger gave up"

2. Verb. 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"
Generic synonyms: Retire, Withdraw

3. Verb. Leave school or an educational program prematurely. "Many students drop out because they are not prepared for our challenging program"
Generic synonyms: Depart, Leave, Pull Up Stakes
Derivative terms: Dropout

Definition of Drop out

1. Verb. (&lit drop out) ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) Prematurely and voluntarily leave (school, a race, or the like). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drop Out

drop in the bucket
drop in the ocean
drop ins
drop keel
drop kerb
drop kick
drop kicks
drop letter
drop light
drop like flies
drop line
drop off
drop off the radar
drop open
drop out (current term)
drop press
drop punt
drop punts
drop round
drop scone
drop ship
drop shipped
drop shipping
drop ships
drop shot
drop shots
drop the ball
drop the gloves

Literary usage of Drop out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Improving Compliance With Alcoholism Treatment edited by Kathleen Carroll (2000)
"keep less than 85% of scheduled appointments 25% don't start, 20% drop out at 6 months 19% drop out after 2 sessions 18% don't start, 31% drop out by 3 ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1872)
"The wire serves as a means of communication, and preventive of swallowing the tent, should it chance to become disengaged and drop out. ..."

3. Drug Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities edited by Andrea Kopstein (1998)
"This same pattern exists for African American and Hispanic youth; 13.0 percent of all African American youth drop out of school, but 21.9 percent of African ..."

4. Bulgaria by Centre for Co-operation with Non-members (2004)
"Official figures about drop-out are around 6-7% of the total school ... Inevitably, their attainment is seriously affected.19 In addition, the way drop-out ..."

5. My Personal Experiences in Equatorial Africa: As Medical Officer of the Emin by Thomas Heazle Parke (1891)
"... few of the Pasha's people drop out of the caravan through sickness—The detestable "yellow-bellies"—Our progress obstructed by a large papyrus quagmire ..."

6. A Practical German Grammar by Calvin Thomas (1895)
"... so much so that the Grimm Dictionary merely says the article may drop out in such cases. 232. Repetition of the Article. If the article is used before ..."

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