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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Facebook Facebook’s leap into the smart speaker category was clearly an attempt to compete with Google and Amazon. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Where his predecessors leapt into the spotlight that comes with leading one of America’s largest school districts, Wilcox was happier listening quietly than making speeches before cameras. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Quiet agitator at CMS prepares to rattle some cages in his second year," 12 July 2018 The blaze on the California-Oregon state line known as the Klamathon Fire grew to 55 square miles and leapt into Oregon overnight. CBS News, "Man finds rings in ashes of home burned by wildfire, proposes again," 9 July 2018 Pique, one of three starters left who played in the 2010 final victory over the Netherlands, was called for a blatant hand ball, leaping into a jumping jack as Artyom Dzyuba's header bounced off his left arm. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, "'Tiki-taka' generation ends as Spain leave the World Cup," 1 July 2018 James read the play and executed his assignment perfectly, leaping into the air to grab Rivers’ pass before ending up on the bottom of a dog pile of defensive teammates. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Derwin James already electrifying Chargers' defense in minicamp," 13 June 2018 The Chinese car universe is not governed by the whims of buyers, the way Americans’ evolving tastes have pushed car companies to leap into increasingly bulbous crossovers. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "China Is the Automotive Alternate Universe," 4 May 2018 And for those who go out of their way to make their kind seem whole without lending that same trait to nonwhite victims, feel free to leap into the abyss. Michael Arceneaux, Essence.com, "'He Was Kind And Quiet:' On Racism, Humanity And How White Terrorists Are Often Treated Better Than Their Victims," 23 Mar. 2018 There’s a vibe of Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix, but instead of trading martial arts moves or leaping off buildings, I’m transported to the center of a busy intersection inside a Walmart store during Black Friday. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Will other up-and-comers such as 18-year-old outfielder Julio Rodriguez, Mariners first-round draft pick Evan White, or 23-year-old RHP Justin Dunn make impressive leaps? Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "If you like spring training, you’re in luck. The Mariners’ season will be six months of it.," 27 Mar. 2019 After-Dark Layering Idiosyncratic layers made the leap to eveningwear, too, most memorably at Paco Rabanne, where a zebra-striped sequin dress was styled with a Lurex knit. Vogue, "Eccentric Layering Was the Trickle-Up Trend That Ruled on and off the Fall 2019 Runways," 11 Mar. 2019 Despite such hurdles, many longtime business leaders with strong track records are making the leap amid... Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "‘You Have to Package Yourself Differently’; Company Veterans Explore New Horizons," 20 Feb. 2019 Other mid-size cities in red states made similarly dramatic leaps. Samantha Allen, Seventeen, "LGBTQ Teens Don't Need To Leave Red States For College," 19 Feb. 2019 Time will tell if the optomistic dye job will make the leap into 2019. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Rings in 2019 With a Surprise Mic Drop of a Makeover," 31 Dec. 2018 Though each of the 855’s subsystems has been improved in its own right, Qualcomm also made one significant, overall improvement: While the Snapdragon 845 was manufactured on a 10nm process, Qualcomm has made the leap to 7nm with the Snapdragon 855. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 The would-be late-night show started out on stage in 2009, then moved to New York public access TV in 2011, then made the leap to more traditional cable networks, first to Fusion (2015) and finally landing on TruTV (2017). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Comedian Chris Gethard on offensive humor: tell the jokes, but don’t police the response," 30 Nov. 2018 However, for those of us who actually decide to make the leap there are a lot of factors to consider. Condé Nast Traveler, "Women Who Travel Podcast: What It's Really Like to Move Abroad," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leap.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leap

Dictionary Entries near leap

leant

lean-to

Lea oak

leap

leap at

leap day

leapfrog

Statistics for leap

Last Updated

9 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for leap

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on leap

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with leap

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for leap

Spanish Central: Translation of leap

Nglish: Translation of leap for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of leap for Arabic Speakers

Comments on leap

What made you want to look up leap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!