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leap

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verb \ˈlēp\

Definition of leap

leaped

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leapt

play \ˈlēpt also ˈlept\

leaping

play \ˈlē-piŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spring free from or as if from the ground :  jump <leap over a fence> <a fish leaps out of the water>

  3. 2 a :  to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another b :  to act precipitately <leaped at the chance>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to pass over by leaping <leaped the wall>

leaper

play \ˈlē-pər\ noun

Examples of leap in a sentence

  1. The cat suddenly leaped into the air.

  2. Fish were leaping out of the water.

  3. He leaped off the bridge.

  4. The boys leaped over the stream.

  5. The horse leaped the stone wall.

  6. When the alarm went off, she leapt out of bed.

Origin and Etymology of leap

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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leap

noun

Definition of leap

  1. 1 a :  an act of leaping :  spring, bound b (1) :  a place leaped over or from (2) :  the distance covered by a leap

  2. 2 a :  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

  1. :  with extraordinary rapidity <a town growing by leaps and bounds>

Examples of leap in a sentence

  1. She made a graceful leap into the air.

  2. He ran and took a flying leap over the stream.

  3. He won the high jump with a leap of six feet.

  4. the leap from childhood to adulthood

  5. She has shown great leaps in ability.

  6. Technology has taken a great leap forward.

  7. It required a leap of the imagination to picture how the project would look when it was completed.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of leap

before 12th century



LEAP Defined for English Language Learners

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leap

play
verb \ˈlēp\

Definition of leap for English Language Learners

  • : to jump from a surface

  • : to jump over (something)

  • : to move quickly


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leap

noun

Definition of leap for English Language Learners

  • : a long or high jump

  • : the distance that a person or animal jumps

  • : a great and sudden change, increase, or improvement


LEAP Defined for Kids

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leap

play
verb \ˈlēp\

Definition of leap for Students

leaped

or

leapt

\ˈlēpt, ˈlept\

leaping

\ˈlē-piŋ\
  1. 1 :  to jump or cause to jump from a surface <Fish leaped out of the water.>

  2. 2 :  to move, act, or pass quickly <He leaped out of bed.>

leaper

\ˈlē-pər\ noun

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leap

play
noun

Definition of leap for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of springing up or over :  jump

  2. 2 :  a place that is jumped over or from <… Lizzie took the leap, stumbled … and fell. — Anna Sewell, Black Beauty>

  3. 3 :  the distance that is jumped <a five foot leap>



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