leapfrog

noun
leap·​frog | \ˈlēp-ˌfrȯg, -ˌfräg\

Definition of leapfrog 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a game in which one player bends down and is vaulted over by another player

leapfrog

verb
leapfrogged; leapfrogging

Definition of leapfrog (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to leap or progress in or as if in leapfrog

transitive verb

1 : to go ahead of (each other) in turn specifically : to advance (two military units) by keeping one unit in action while moving the other unit past it to a position farther in front

2 : to evade by or as if by a bypass

Examples of leapfrog in a Sentence

Verb

Skipping his last two years of high school, he leapfrogged his classmates and went to college. This year's technologies are leapfrogging last year's designs.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This feels like a higher calling, a profound leapfrog. Will Hall, Recode, "Hey Siri, we have to talk," 4 June 2018 Find your leapfrog First of all, Apple didn’t create the first touchscreen, the first smartphone, the first MP3 player or the first personal computer. Will Hall, Recode, "Hey Siri, we have to talk," 4 June 2018 Add this to the list of bad ideas: Playing leapfrog with a unicorn. Houston Chronicle, "Jokes on us: June 11," 10 June 2018 The support van leapfrogs the runners, providing rest and camaraderie for team members. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "In a grueling relay, runners carry the burden on behalf of veterans," 10 May 2018 For him, the leapfrog innovation of Silicon Valley is far preferable. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 2018 The Supreme Court’s refusal to let the administration leapfrog appeals courts means that DACA stays for at least a few months and perhaps until well after midterm elections. Washington Post, "AP News Guide: DACA’s future rests with Congress, courts," 26 Feb. 2018 Others got in formation for leapfrog and duck-duck-goose. Pia Catton, New York Times, "Making Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Into Super Bowl’s Dancing M.V.P.s," 5 Feb. 2018 ICOs resemble both a new form of crowdfunding, and a technological leapfrog over the regulations that hem in more orthodox funding strategies. The Economist, "Manias, panics and Initial Coin Offerings," 7 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Patrick Collison, chief executive of Stripe, talked about how much of Asia is leapfrogging the West because there isn’t tons of old infrastructure—like gas-guzzling car fleets—to update, so the latest technology catches on right away. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "What’s the Next Big Thing in Tech? It’s Up to Us," 16 Nov. 2018 The United States is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world's biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer," 12 July 2018 Now, her womenswear will leapfrog the YAM brand, gradually taking over its boutiques. Vogue, "Exclusive: Bonpoint Grows Up," 1 Oct. 2018 With a 4-1 victory over Orlando City on Saturday night, LAFC gained three points to leapfrog Sporting KC into second place in the Western Conference, one point behind front-running FC Dallas. Steve Galluzo, latimes.com, "Adama Diomande stays hot, LAFC picks up where it left off with win over Orlando City," 8 July 2018 Still, the automaker missed an opportunity to leapfrog the competition with greater availability of forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking — important safety features that few competitors aside from the Yaris provide standard. Kelsey Mays, USA TODAY, "Review: Hyundai Accent is all work and no show," 4 May 2018 The trend of rising U.S. output prompted Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, to predict this spring that the U.S. would leapfrog Russia and become the world's largest producer by next year — if not sooner. David Koenig, Anchorage Daily News, "US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer," 12 July 2018 It had been suggested that long-term admirers West Ham would be the frontrunners for his signature this summer but Everton appear to have leapfrogged their domestic rivals in their pursuit of Carvalho. SI.com, "Everton Chief Marcel Brands Opens Talks With Portugal International Ahead of Big Money Move," 9 June 2018 The Cowboys turned around and dominated their rivals the next week 44–10, but that wasn’t enough to leapfrog Alabama back into No. 2 for a chance to play LSU in the title game. Will Mccollister, SI.com, "On the Outside Looking In: The Best Teams to Finish No. 3 in the BCS Era," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of leapfrog

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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leapfrog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leapfrog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a children's game in which one player bends down so that another player can leap over the back of the first player

leapfrog

verb

English Language Learners Definition of leapfrog (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move ahead of or beyond (someone or something) in a very quick and sudden way

leapfrog

noun
leap·​frog | \ˈlēp-ˌfrȯg, -ˌfräg\

Kids Definition of leapfrog

: a game in which one player bends down and another player leaps over the first player

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