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drop out

1. verb To fall or spill out of something. I didn't realize that I hadn't fully zipped my backpack until my books started dropping out of it.
2. verb To break and/or plunge suddenly. This usage typically refers to the bottom of something. The bottom dropped out of the paper bag once it got wet. If the bottom drops out of the stock market, we could have another Great Depression ahead of us.
3. verb To let someone or something fall or proceed out of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drop" and "out." Drop the troops out of the plane once you're safely over the compound. Of course the boys got into mischief and started dropping each other's things out the window.
4. verb To eliminate or exclude something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "drop" and "out." Something is wrong with the sound system because it's dropping out every third word.
5. verb To not be amplified, broadcast, or delivered to a receiver, typically due to some kind of connection problem. Something is wrong with the sound system because every third word is dropping out. I have to call my phone company because my calls keep dropping out. Back when we had dial-up, the connection would drop out when we got an incoming call.
6. verb To abandon society and conventional values, as due to disillusionment with them. After surviving a serious illness, my sister dropped out and bought a house in the country instead of going back to her corporate job.
7. verb To leave an activity or program without finishing it. I'm going back to school because I always regretted dropping out of college.
8. noun One who has left school before graduation. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word or hyphenated. I'm going back to school because I always regretted being a college dropout.
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drop out

 (of something)
1. . Lit. to fall out of something. One by one, the skydivers dropped out of the plane. The marshmallows dropped out of the bag.
2. Lit. or Fig. [for the bottom of something] to break loose and drop. The bottom dropped out of the box, spilling everything everywhere. The bottom dropped out of the stock market, and we lost a lot of money.
3. Fig. [for someone] to resign from or cease being a member of something; [for someone] to leave school. Sally dropped out of school for some unknown reason. But why did she drop out?
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drop out

Withdraw from participation in a group such as a school, club, or game; also, withdraw from society owing to disillusionment. For example, He couldn't afford the membership dues and had to drop out, or She planned to drop out from college for a year. [Late 1800s]
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drop out

v.
1. To fall out of something: My card must have dropped out of the bag at some point.
2. To make or let something or someone fall out of something: I dropped the stones out of the window.
3. To withdraw from participation in something, as a game, club, or school: The committee is trying to determine why so many students were dropping out. I dropped out of algebra because it was too hard. I dropped history out of my schedule this term.
4. To withdraw from established society, especially due to disillusionment with conventional values: My cousin dropped out and moved to the tropics.
5. To omit something: This computer drops out the semicolons. The old stereo drops the bass out.
6. To be omitted: When words are contracted, some sounds or letters drop out.
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drop out

1. in. to withdraw from a conventional lifestyle. Sometimes I just want to drop out and raise pigs or something.
2. in. to drop out of school or some organization. Don’t drop out of school. You’ll regret it.
3. and dropout n. someone who has dropped out of school. Dropouts may find it very hard to get a job.
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dropout

verb
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2010-2017 Dropout Rates 2010-2011 4.7% Dropout Rate 2011-2012 4.8% Dropout Rate 2012-2013 4.0% Dropout Rate 2013-2014 4.0% Dropout Rate 2014-2015 3.7% Dropout Rate 2015-2016 3.9% Dropout Rate 2016-2017 3.5% Dropout Rate 2010-2017 Dropout Counts 2010-2011 2,779 Dropout Count 2011-7012 2,830 Dropout Count 2012-2013 2,364 Dropout Count 2013-2014 2,303 Dropout Count 2014-2015 2,141 Dropout Count 2015-2016 2,268 Dropout Count 2016-2017 2,003 Dropout Count A student is not considered a dropout if his or her departure was due to the completion of a state- or district-approved education program; transfer to a public school, private school, or state- or district-approved education program; temporary absence caused by suspension, illness, or medical condition; or death.
Under Texas Education Agency accountability standards, alternative schools like dropout recovery charters have to meet two requirements in addition to financial and TAKS-based criteria: At least 60 percent of students must graduate or receive a GED in four years or continue to their fifth year; and they can have a dropout rate no higher than 20 percent, based on the number of students enrolled in one year who make it through the next September.
Over a lifetime, a dropout costs the state $8,484 because of higher incarceration rates than higher-educated peers; and (6) California's economy will benefit tremendously by reducing dropouts.
CUTLINE: (P) The panel listens yesterday to Emmanuel Allen as he talks of his experience as a dropout. (CHART 1) Dropout rates: Worcester vs.
For example, according to NCES's dropout calculations, if a student does not get a GED by a particular date, he or she is considered a dropout, Marchman says, but Texas' system did not count a student as a dropout as long as he or she was enrolled in a GED program.
A dropout rate in the low single digits is worse than it appears.
Common sense suggests that a dropout is someone who has not graduated from, or is not currently enrolled in, a full-time, state-approved education program (Rumberger, 1987).
Likewise, a dropout who later graduates from night school at age 21 will be better prepared for work and life than a student who graduates illiterate at 18.
(We do not include a figure for military service for men, because the very low probability of serving in the military in any year made the graph uninteresting.) Potential experience, which is plotted along the abscissa of the predicted profiles, begins when a dropout leaves school.
8 These figures are not intended as a dropout rate, but only as an indication of the prevalence of dropouts in the 16- to 24-year-old population.
The report begins with an analysis of the concentration of dropouts within the state of Colorado, and a brief review of what research has shown about predictors of a dropout outcome.
While many districts in the country grapple with a dropout problem, the concern is acute in urban areas, where most students are minority and/or low-income.
Brief 3: "What is a Dropout?" (Kara Bonneau) explores what is meant by "high school dropout," and it describes the many different rates and measurements used to quantify the problem.
Paige defended his former district's accomplishments, but did admit to the Times "there probably was" a dropout problem in Houston.
Students with disabilities had a dropout rate about twice that of students without disabilities.