dropout

noun
drop·​out | \ ˈdräp-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dropout (audio) \

Definition of dropout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one who drops out of school
b : one who drops out of conventional society
c : one who abandons an attempt, activity, or chosen path a corporate dropout
2 : a momentary defect on a magnetic tape or disk caused by a temporary loss of signal

drop out

verb
\ ˌdräp-ˈau̇t How to pronounce drop out (audio) \
dropped out; dropping out; drops out

Definition of drop out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to withdraw from participation or membership : quit especially : to withdraw from conventional society

Examples of dropout in a Sentence

Noun The program is designed for dropouts who wish to get high school equivalency certificates.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While Joji’s brothers, Jaison (Joji Mundakayam) and Jomon (Baburaj), keep busy with the family business, Joji, a college dropout and something of a ne’er-do-well, has big dreams of (literal) horse trading but needs money to fuel his risky venture. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 June 2021 And this isn't just some college dropout comedian saying this. W. Kamau Bell, CNN, 23 May 2021 Van Doren was a high school dropout who moved to Southern California from the Boston area. Robert Jablon, USA TODAY, 8 May 2021 Van Doren was a high school dropout who moved to Southern California from the Boston area. Robert Jablon, ajc, 8 May 2021 Van Doren was a high school dropout who moved to Southern California from the Boston area. Robert Jablon, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Pousaz, a college dropout who founded Checkout.com in 2012 to solve the problem of online payment processing for shops and shoppers around the world, still owns about two-thirds of the company after three rounds of funding. David Dawkins, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest cover article explored the story of Joe Hebert, Ann’s son, a college dropout who makes a living as a sneaker reseller. Nick Turner, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2021 Many of the studies had high dropout rates, leaving complete responses from 9,751 people — roughly 70% of the original participants. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of dropout

Noun

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dropout was in 1875

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18 Jun 2021

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“Dropout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropout. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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dropout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dropout

: a person who stops going to a school, college, etc., before finishing : a person who drops out of school
: a person who stops being involved in society because he or she does not believe in its rules, customs, and values

dropout

noun
drop·​out | \ ˈdräp-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dropout (audio) \

Kids Definition of dropout

: a person who quits school or a training program

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