dropout

noun drop·out \ ˈdräp-ˌau̇t \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of dropout

1 a : 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

Examples of dropout in a Sentence

  1. The program is designed for dropouts who wish to get high school equivalency certificates.

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First Known Use of dropout

1930

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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drop out

verb \ ˌdräp-ˈau̇t \

Definition of drop out

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

First Known Use of drop out

1875

in the meaning defined above

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DROPOUT Defined for English Language Learners

dropout

Definition of dropout for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dropout

noun drop·out \ ˈdräp-ˌau̇t \

Definition of dropout for Students

: a person who quits school or a training program


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