- Phrasal Verb – Drop out.
- Meaning – To stop being a member or participant of something. You can drop out of a race, a competition or you can drop out of a course of study. To stop doing something before you have completely finished, or that you were going to do.
- This phrasal verb is not separable.
- “The cyclist had to drop out of the race after a bad crash.”
- This phrasal verb can also be used a noun in the form ‘dropout‘ and is used to describe a person who has dropped out of a school or university before achieving a qualification.
- “This will be the third university he’s left with nothing. He’s such a dropout.”
What is a phrasal verb?
A phrasal verb is a verb combined with 1 or 2 small words. These small words are particles. A particle can be a preposition or adverb. The phrasal verb has a different meaning from the verb alone because the particle changes the meaning of the verb.
Some phrasal verbs can be separated. When we change the tense of the phrasal verb we only modify the verb part. The particle remains the same.