\ ˈlēp How to pronounce leap (audio) \
leaped or leapt\ ˈlēpt How to pronounce leap (audio) also  ˈlept How to pronounce leap (audio) \; leaping\ ˈlē-​piŋ How to pronounce leap (audio) \

Definition of leap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to spring free from or as if from the ground : jump leap over a fence a fish leaps out of the water
2a : to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another the difficult leap from college to the workplace
b : to act precipitately leaped at the chance

transitive verb

: to pass over by leaping leaped the wall



Definition of leap (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of leaping : spring, bound
b(1) : a place leaped over or from
(2) : the distance covered by a leap
2a : 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
: with extraordinary rapidity a town growing by leaps and bounds

Other Words from leap


leaper \ ˈlē-​pər How to pronounce leap (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for leap

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leap in a Sentence

Verb The cat suddenly leaped into the air. Fish were leaping out of the water. He leaped off the bridge. The boys leaped over the stream. The horse leaped the stone wall. When the alarm went off, she leapt out of bed. Noun She made a graceful leap into the air. He ran and took a flying leap over the stream. He won the high jump with a leap of six feet. the leap from childhood to adulthood She has shown great leaps in ability. Technology has taken a great leap forward. It required a leap of the imagination to picture how the project would look when it was completed. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb McGee is a 7-footer who also can leap through the roof, and has a long wingspan like Nance. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 But then a global pandemic happened, and Tillman, usually the first person to leap in and offer his take on the apocalyptic state of mankind, was nowhere to be found. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2022 This submersible was designed to look like a dolphin, shark or killer whale and—just like its marine inspirations—can leap out of the water or even do a 360-degree flip under the surface. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2022 Blake Pohevitz, a 6-4 junior transfer from Cleveland, is aggressive above the net, and then there’s 6-7 basketball player Jamaal Unuakhalu, who’s both entertaining and passionate in his ability to leap and dominate. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Two solo-flying stunt pilots are going to put their respective aircrafts into a steep free fall, leap out into empty space, and then skydive back into each other’s respective planes. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2022 The lighter Holiday, then, can maneuver his way around picks, can leap for off-ball deflections, and guard pretty much anyone from the point guard to the power forward positions. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 Through his copious projects, Mr. Schulze’s music maintained a sense of timing: when to meditate, when to build, when to ease back, when to leap ahead, how to balance suspense and repose, dissonance and consonance. Jon Pareles, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 Through his copious projects, Mr. Schulze’s music maintained a sense of timing: when to meditate, when to build, when to ease back, when to leap ahead, how to balance suspense and repose, dissonance and consonance. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 6-foot-11 center weighs 250 pounds, has a 7-5 wingspan and a 42-inch vertical leap. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 24 June 2022 The Canadian high flyer listed at barely 6-foot-6, 200-pounds, has a seven-foot wingspan and 40-inch vertical leap. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 When the siren wailed in our suburban New Jersey town, the volunteer firefighters scrambled to park their cars and leap over a wooden fence to the garage doors. Bob Brody, WSJ, 23 June 2022 Needing to be one year removed from his senior year of high school to enter the draft, Beauchamp -- skinny and not yet physically ready for that leap in competition -- believed Chameleon BX was his best path to making that NBA dream come true. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 23 June 2022 Sharpe is an athletic marvel, who reportedly displayed a 49-inch vertical leap. oregonlive, 22 June 2022 For the full year, Wall Street is predicting a 13% gain in profits and 11% leap in revenue. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 22 June 2022 He was measured with a 7-2 wingspan at the combine and tied for the fourth-best maximum vertical leap at 39 inches. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 21 June 2022 Drake takes a leap further into uncharted realms than any of his peers, offering a refreshing sign of what’s to come. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leap


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leap

Verb and Noun

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

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More Definitions for leap


\ ˈlēp How to pronounce leap (audio) \
leaped or leapt\ ˈlēpt , ˈlept \; leaping\ ˈlē-​piŋ \

Kids Definition of leap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to jump or cause to jump from a surface Fish leaped out of the water.
2 : to move, act, or pass quickly He leaped out of bed.

Other Words from leap

leaper \ ˈlē-​pər \ noun



Kids Definition of leap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of springing up or over : jump
2 : a place that is jumped over or from … Lizzie took the leap, stumbled … and fell.— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
3 : the distance that is jumped a five foot leap

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