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Noun: dropout  'dróp,awt
  1. Someone who quits school before graduation
  2. Someone who withdraws from a social group or environment
  3. An instance of missing or discarded data or signal
Verb: drop out  dróp awt
  1. Stop trying or participating; admit defeat
    "In the second round, the challenger dropped out";
    - give up, fall by the wayside, drop by the wayside, throw in, throw in the towel, quit, chuck up the sponge [US, non-standard]
  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"
  3. Leave school or an educational program prematurely
    "Many students drop out because they are not prepared for our challenging program"

Derived forms: dropouts, drops out, dropped out, dropping out

Type of: depart, individualist, leave, pull up stakes, quitter, retire, withdraw

Encyclopedia: Dropout

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