leapfrog

noun
leap·​frog | \ ˈlēp-ˌfrȯg How to pronounce leapfrog (audio) , -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 The leapfrog move silenced a recession warning that had been ringing in the bond market, at least for now. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 The leapfrog move silenced a recession warning that had been ringing in the bond market, at least for now. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 The leapfrog move silenced a recession warning that had been ringing in the bond market, at least for now. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 The leapfrog move silenced a recession warning that had been ringing in the bond market, at least for now. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 The leapfrog move silenced a recession warning that had been ringing in the bond market, at least for now. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 The leapfrog move silenced a recession warning that had been ringing in the bond market, at least for now. BostonGlobe.com, "Tech stocks lead indexes broadly higher; Nasdaq sets record," 4 Feb. 2020 The contractual leapfrog these quarterbacks perform with each and every new deal is tiresome. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Carson Wentz’s Four-Year Contract Extension a Smart, Calculated Risk for Eagles," 7 June 2019 This feels like a higher calling, a profound leapfrog. Will Hall, Recode, "Hey Siri, we have to talk," 4 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Airport officials have maintained, however, that the pandemic could be an opportunity for Louisville to leapfrog its peers in terms of air service if demand remains strong. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "These 8 nonstop flights out of Louisville airport will return by the end of summer," 2 July 2020 To leapfrog the competition, CEOs need to rethink transformation and follow a new set of rules. Julie Sweet, Fortune, "Accenture’s CEO: 5 rules for rethinking digital transformation during COVID-19," 26 June 2020 The company expects the trend to continue the rest of the year, and projected that revenue and profit will leapfrog investors’ earlier expectations. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Zoom Transforms Hype Into Huge Jump in Sales, Customers," 8 June 2020 The company expects the trend to continue the rest of the year, and projected that revenue and profit will leapfrog investors’ earlier expectations. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Zoom Transforms Hype Into Huge Jump in Sales, Customers," 8 June 2020 The company expects the trend to continue the rest of the year, and projected that revenue and profit will leapfrog investors’ earlier expectations. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Zoom Transforms Hype Into Huge Jump in Sales, Customers," 8 June 2020 The company expects the trend to continue the rest of the year, and projected that revenue and profit will leapfrog investors’ earlier expectations. BostonGlobe.com, "Sarepta to expand in Ohio," 4 June 2020 The first went so well that Sisson leapfrogged into the trials favorite tier. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Emily Sisson puts marathon trials behind, regroups for Olympic track bid," 14 May 2020 North America had the largest number, while Asia’s 13% growth -- the highest globally -- edged it closer to leapfrogging Europe into second place. Ben Stupples, Fortune, "As coronavirus savages world’s mega-fortunes, U.S. surges ahead as home to the fabulously rich," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of leapfrog was in 1599

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“Leapfrog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leapfrog. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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leapfrog

noun
How to pronounce leapfrog (audio)

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 How to pronounce leapfrog (audio) , -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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