leap

verb
\ ˈlēp \
leaped or leapt\ˈlēpt alsoˈlept \; leaping\ˈlē-piŋ \

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 \ 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

Survivors must leap over high hurdles to have any hope of collecting damages beyond workers’ comp. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 The Texas cop is available to narrowly avoid the car by leaping over the railing moments before the collision. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Body cam footage shows car slam into Texas cop's motorcycle," 12 July 2018 The salmon is swimming upriver in search of a spawning ground, leaping over obstacles in its rush to get there. Ashleigh Young, The Cut, "Ghost Knife," 2 July 2018 Though the bar has now been set higher than ever before, Andrew has the potential to leap over it again next year. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Andrew's Loren Zolk is the 2018 Daily Southtown Girls Soccer Coach of the Year," 13 June 2018 Sato crashed with James Davison on the 47th lap, leaping over the left rear tire of Davison’s car in Turn 4 to bring out the first caution. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After all the buildup and hope, Danica Patrick's career ends with disappointment," 27 May 2018 An officer takes a shot with a tranquilizer dart and the steer stumbles, then struggles to its feet in an attempt to leap over the police cars to freedom. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 2018 In the first video, the humanoid Atlas robot goes for a swift jog through a yard and even leaps over a log. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Boston Dynamics Shows Off Its Humanoid Robot That Can Run and Jump," 11 May 2018 At one point in the video, Atlas encounters a log across its path but leaps over it with aplomb. NBC News, "Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot goes for a run in the burbs," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That's one small achievement for the world, but one giant leap for Israel. Israel Kasnett, Jewish Journal, "Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon," 11 July 2018 The government could run smaller budget deficits, but the Trump administration just took a couple of giant leaps in the opposite direction. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "A Brief Introduction to Trade Economics," 8 July 2018 That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Liz Mcneil, PEOPLE.com, "10 Shocking Things You'll Learn About the Chappaquiddick Scandal in Cover-Up," 31 May 2018 Metro’s newest fare proposal may be one small step for harried riders who use one of its express bus routes — and one giant leap for the future of bus transportation in the Washington region. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro wants bus trips to be faster, and getting rid of cash may be the answer," 26 May 2018 Such a giant leap in locked phones could not be explained by changes in technology or criminal behavior, those critics reasoned. Devlin Barrett, chicagotribune.com, "FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public," 22 May 2018 Selfie technology took a giant leap forward with the invention of the camera phone. Michael Weigold, Philly.com, "Selfie psychology: Would you risk your life for a photo?," 9 May 2018 Pitching gains depth With the return of Wei-Yin Chen and now Dan Straily getting set for his first start of the season Monday, the experience level of the Marlins’ rotation has made a giant leap in experience. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Playing regularly pays off for Marlins' Miguel Rojas with career-high four homers," 29 Apr. 2018 The ability to observe and strike targets more than 37 miles away would be a giant leap in range and firepower for small infantry units. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Want an Ultra-Portable Kamikaze Drone," 26 Apr. 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

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

Noun

see leap entry 1

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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 \
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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