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

As such, your body leaps to defense mode, acting against a panic attack. Caitlin Wolper, Allure, "Why Some People Get Panic Attacks When They Masturbate," 21 May 2019 While that car is owned by Mercedes-Benz and will likely never be released into the general population, BaT understandably leapt at the opportunity to acquire this similar car. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Bring a Trailer Goes Posh as Auction Site Starts “White Glove” Service by Selling Its Own Mercedes Gullwing at No Reserve," 17 May 2019 But the area has seen a flurry of sales in the last couple of years, as longtime residents have died or aged out of the neighborhood and besotted buyers like Ari Heckman have leapt at the opportunity to get a foothold there. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "The L.A. Neighborhood Where Homes Seldom Come on the Market," 16 May 2019 Hearts are leaping for a beautiful, wondrous and healthy baby boy! Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Obama, Daniel Martin and More of Meghan Markle's Friends Congratulate Her," 6 May 2019 Hearts are leaping for a beautiful, wondrous and healthy baby boy! Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Reaction to Meghan and Harry’s Baby Will Warm Your Heart," 6 May 2019 White Crow leaps into theaters on Friday, April 26th. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Anna Wintour, Patti Smith, and Sarah Jessica Parker Attend a Screening for Ralph Fiennes’s White Crow," 24 Apr. 2019 In addition to new videos, which are continuously uploaded to their YouTube channel, the company has leapt off the screen and launched a line of dolls, books, t-shirts, and even phone accessories. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "So, Where Did This "Baby Shark" Song Come From, Anyway?," 30 Jan. 2019 Yes, the cliché about hammer owners mistaking non-nails for nails instantly leaps to mind, and Loeb acknowledges this (30:07). Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's just one catch—those who want to take the fateful leap from the tower can only get tickets by winning them through social media. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Zipline Off of the Eiffel Tower From 377 Feet in the Air," 29 May 2019 Brantley made it 1-0 with an RBI double over the head of right fielder Mookie Betts’ leap at the shorter bullpen wall before Reddick’s sacrifice fly. Ken Powtak, The Seattle Times, "Astros start fast; beat Red Sox 7-3 for 10th straight win," 18 May 2019 Hummingbirds could lead to leaps forward for search-and-rescue drones, commercial filming robots, military use, and any other flying venture that is punctuated by quick, unexpected stops and starts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hummingbird Robots 1, Drones 0," 13 May 2019 Those would be remarkable leaps for the Delsea senior. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Khaliel Burnett set to make another large leap for Delsea," 24 May 2018 In the past 50 years, there were five huge leaps in the salary of baseball’s richest man. Chris Chase, For The Win, "6 of the most-asked sports questions, answered," 18 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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