leap

verb
\ˈlēp \
leaped or leapt\ ˈlēpt also  ˈlept \; 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

From alkali flats to scorpions to the cholla cactus that seems to actually leap onto passersby, Nevada is not for the faint of heart. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 The Bradford pear seemed to leap from an architect’s idealized rendering. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 This time, though, a much larger Netflix has to leap over a much higher bar. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Netflix’s Intermission Was Long Overdue," 16 July 2018 The story ends with a broken transmission and his mother trying to leap from the moving car. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Unmasked: Inside the miraculous, mad, mysterious life of Dr. MooMoo," 17 June 2018 Jackson stormed forward, looking to finish, but Punk covered well and then tried to leap up and grab the neck. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "CM Punk falls to Mike Jackson via decision at UFC 225," 9 June 2018 Encountering him at her hotel, Carrie is relieved and astonished, ready to leap right back into her prince’s arms. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 The teen tried to leap off a fwy overpass but Ray grabbed his backpack and pulled him to safety. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He found a teen on an overpass, writing a note. It was a suicide note | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 2018 When my youngest child disappeared beneath the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and I had to leap in, haul her out, turn her upside-down so that the water drained from her lungs. Maggie O'farrell, Time, "One Man Made Childbirth a Nightmare for Me. Another Turned it Into a Gift," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wi-Fi 6 doesn’t bring with it many incredible speed leaps or fancy consumer-facing features. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Netgear’s first Wi-Fi 6 routers look like sci-fi spaceships," 7 Nov. 2018 Despite that power-demanding leap, Apple says the Air’s 12-hour battery life remains about the same – and superior to the more powerful MacBook Pro that costs $100 more. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "Apple redesigns the iPad Pro, breathes new life in the MacBook Air," 30 Oct. 2018 Making the intellectual leap directly from gorillas to humans is never a wise move. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday morning the students — mostly girls, but also one boy — performed leaps and spins on a stage and in other spaces across the high school. Reema Amin, baltimoresun.com, "Anne Arundel summer dance program conveys confidence as well as technique," 11 July 2018 Both the goal and the leap were sights far too often not seen from Sapong, it must be said. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "David Accam, Cory Burke give Union wild 4-3 win at Chicago Fire," 11 July 2018 The leap does draw gasps and cheers from the audience — both the one seated in the theater, and the onscreen audience of onlookers watching Will's exploits on massive news screens on the street. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "'Skyscraper' review: Dwayne Johnson shows off his dramatic acting chops," 11 July 2018 That would represent quite a leap for Newton, who has not converted 60% of his passes in any of the last four years. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Panthers training camp questions: What can Norv Turner do for Cam Newton?," 6 July 2018 The US Department of Transportation estimates 37,150 people died on American roads in 2017, a slight 0.8 percent decline over 2016—but a leap of more than 10 percent since 2014. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Distracted Driving Is Out of Control, and There's No Single Cure," 27 June 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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