leap

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

leap

noun

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

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Other Words from leap

Verb

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

Synonyms for leap

Synonyms: Verb

bound, hop, jump, spring, vault

Synonyms: Noun

bound, hop, jump, spring, vault

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Of course, in light of the recent allegations against Schneiderman, many right-wingers were leaping for joy. Angela Helm, The Root, "Call Me ‘Master’: Ex Says Former New York Attorney General Was Into Racist Role-Playing During Sex," 8 May 2018 Nail the throttle, and the supercharged A6 leaps forward with nary a chirp of the tires. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A6," 22 Mar. 2018 Fast and deadly, the animals can run up to 37 miles per hour and leap up to 10 feet vertically. Katherine Hignett, Newsweek, "Northern White Rhinoceros: Here Are Four More Animals on The Brink," 20 Mar. 2018 Think of pararescue operators who leap out of aircraft or tactical controllers who call in close air support. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 June and strawberries are intimately intertwined, and the first appearance of these ruby jewels at farm stands makes my heart leap. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 Despite all the highlights of buzzer-beating tears, obscure dancing mascots and little fellas leaping off the ends of benches, this is not a tournament for lower seeds and long shots. Lindsey Thiry, latimes.com, "A day later, USC remains in shock after missing out on the NCAA tournament," 13 Mar. 2018 Facebook Facebook’s leap into the smart speaker category was clearly an attempt to compete with Google and Amazon. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Where his predecessors leapt into the spotlight that comes with leading one of America’s largest school districts, Wilcox was happier listening quietly than making speeches before cameras. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Quiet agitator at CMS prepares to rattle some cages in his second year," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Experts say small steps, not dramatic leaps, create the best path. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work," 9 May 2019 Those decreases in risk correlate to more than 10 years of extra life, according to the paper — a huge leap, especially in the U.S., where life expectancy lags significantly behind that of many other wealthy nations and is even declining modestly. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "These 5 Habits May Help You Live 10 Years Longer, Study Says," 30 Apr. 2018 Now, thanks to Melania Trump, T-shirt activism has made the leap to outerwear. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Can Anti-Melania Outerwear Activism Catch On?," 22 June 2018 That leap of faith succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Roving photographer plans giveaway for famous van," 16 May 2018 When Duke put its players through athletic testing before the season, Williamson broke the school record with a leap that RJ Barrett, the No. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "There Has Never Been a Basketball Player Like Duke’s Zion Williamson," 5 Nov. 2018 If ray tracing and DLSS aren’t available by the time the GeForce RTX 2070 launches, buyers will once again be asked to make a leap of faith in paying that premium for Turing’s future-facing features. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 launches on October 17. Will ray traced games be ready?," 25 Sep. 2018 How to Invent Everything is a non-fiction book in a sci-fi framework, imaging a world of mostly peaceful time travel, with each leap into the past creating its own parallel universe that won’t disrupt our main timeline. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Guide for Reinventing the World If Your Time Machine Gets Stuck in the Past," 18 Sep. 2018 Awkward, unergonomic design Average camera and battery life 5G promise requires a leap of faith Exclusive to a single carrier The Moto Z3 has the exact same design as the Moto Z3 Play — right down to their identical dimensions and weight. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Motorola Moto Z3 review: identity crisis," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of leap

Verb

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

Noun

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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leap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of leap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to jump from a surface
: to jump over (something)
: to move quickly

leap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long or high jump
: the distance that a person or animal jumps
: a great and sudden change, increase, or improvement

leap

verb
\ 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

leap

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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