leap

verb
\ 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

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

Other Words from leap

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pet dogs and cats, deer and farm-raised mink are only a few of the animals vulnerable to the virus, which can potentially mutate within them and leap back to people. Laura Ungar, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2022 Pet dogs and cats, deer and farm-raised mink are only a few of the animals vulnerable to the virus, which can potentially mutate within them and leap back to people. Laura Ungar, chicagotribune.com, 15 Jan. 2022 Pet dogs and cats, deer and farm-raised mink are only a few of the animals vulnerable to the virus, which can potentially mutate within them and leap back to people. Laura Ungar, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Jan. 2022 Just because the pandemic eases doesn't mean that those consumers will leap back into spending money on travel. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Dec. 2021 Rich Kids asked audiences to leap between platforms (now Instagram, now live streaming), which turned the antic nature of internet browsing into a kind of dramaturgical snare. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Add the Panthers' first ACC championship and New Year's Six berth, and the senior may leap past Stroud and into second place in the final voting. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2021 In one, four men run and leap on rotating wheels high in the sky. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Nov. 2021 As soon as my doctor changed the prescription, my heart stopped trying to leap out of its bowl. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In my opinion, Cisco's research is worth a read for enterprises considering the leap to a networking subscription service. Will Townsend, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 But the final leap to that goal showed the kind of relentless and even illegitimate application of power and indifference to the principles of democracy with which Republicans have become synonymous. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Morant was already on a star trajectory, but a massive leap this season has him in line for his first All-Star appearance and potential All-NBA consideration. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 While other opera singers try to mark their Metropolitan Opera debuts with a musical flourish, Jakub Józef Orliński stood out with a twisting leap. Alexandra Svokos, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2022 Popular Mechanics detailed the science behind their giant leap. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 11 Jan. 2022 Our budget will invest more dollars to get the I-10 completion leap-frogged to the front of the priority list, ahead of schedule, connecting our entire state, North to South. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 About 62 percent of Grossmont students were chronically absent — a leap from 18 percent two years before. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 Level Four autonomous driving in consumer vehicles will require another leap. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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The first known use of leap was before the 12th century

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21 Jan 2022

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“Leap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leap. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for leap

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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