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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

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This study determined the status and the extent of the causes of dropouts of Alternative Learning System (ALS) Beneficiaries in Liloy and Tampilisan Districts, School Years 2011 - 2013.
An analysis of the link between highest educational qualification achieved by any member in the household and the school dropouts or never enrolled in the same household in different age groups of the children indicates that those households in which a member is educated above secondary level, the dropouts and never enrolled are negligible irrespective of the age group.
What many do not understand is that such young people start life as dropouts, but many of them show the willingness to make corrections later on.
Following table summarizes the major causes of student dropouts as pinned by the afore-mentioned studies at the primary level.
Nationally, the highest dropout rate occurs in the ninth grade.
The caste and ethnic composition of dropout children is reported in a percentage in Table 1 and in a number in Annex 1.
Lawmakers in Minnesota are considering a bill that would not allow school dropouts to get driving licence.
Because the schools serve students who have already dropped out of traditional schools, they often get hit hard by the dropout measurement as well.
This study examined the association between school suspension rates and dropout rates in a statewide sample of 289 Virginia public high schools.
Active participation of district leaders in discussing student-level data focused on behavioral dropout characteristics and early warning indicators;
Almost 20 percent of the dropouts counted in this year's report were students who planned to transfer to another public school but who did not show up again in the state tracking system, according to the report.
Another insightful analysis about the societal costs of high school dropouts states that "nearly 23 percent of all young black men ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of school are in jail, prison, or a juvenile justice institution." This analysis was released in Chicago by a national coalition that includes the National Urban League, the National Education Association, and the Alternative Schools Network.
No differences were found on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory--2 variables, but the two groups differed on three Rorschach variables: Dropouts were less aggressive, had less need for a therapeutic relationship, and were more capable of cooperative relationships than were treatment continuers.
Concerning states, a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), "Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2005-06," presents the number of high school graduates, the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), and dropout data for grades 9-12.
Based on a study commissioned by CPS on the profile of likely dropouts, the Graduation Pathways Strategy will focus on early identification and intervention programs to keep at-risk ninth grade students on track to graduation, credit recovery options for students who are behind and re-enrollment programs and schools designed to re-engage youth who are off track or already dropped out.