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verb \ˈlēp\

Simple Definition of leap

  • : to jump from a surface

  • : to jump over (something)

  • : to move quickly

Full Definition of leap

leaped or leapt play \ˈlēpt also ˈlept\ leap·ing play \ˈlē-piŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spring free from or as if from the ground :  jump <leap over a fence> <a fish leaps out of the water>

  3. 2 a :  to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another b :  to act precipitately <leaped at the chance>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to pass over by leaping <leaped the wall>

leap·er play \ˈlē-pər\ noun

Examples of leap

  1. The cat suddenly leaped into the air.

  2. Fish were leaping out of the water.

  3. He leaped off the bridge.

  4. The boys leaped over the stream.

  5. The horse leaped the stone wall.

  6. When the alarm went off, she leapt out of bed.

Origin of leap

Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan; akin to Old High German hlouffan to run

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of leap

  • : a long or high jump

  • : the distance that a person or animal jumps

  • : a great and sudden change, increase, or improvement

Full Definition of leap

  1. 1 a :  an act of leaping :  spring, bound b (1) :  a place leaped over or from (2) :  the distance covered by a leap

  2. 2 a :  a sudden passage or transition <a great leap forward> b :  a choice made in an area of ultimate concern <a leap of faith>

by leaps and bounds
  1. :  with extraordinary rapidity <a town growing by leaps and bounds>

Examples of leap

  1. She made a graceful leap into the air.

  2. He ran and took a flying leap over the stream.

  3. He won the high jump with a leap of six feet.

  4. the leap from childhood to adulthood

  5. She has shown great leaps in ability.

  6. Technology has taken a great leap forward.

  7. It required a leap of the imagination to picture how the project would look when it was completed.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of leap

before 12th century

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