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 two have been playing leapfrog with the record all season long, something of which Trautman is aware. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "1st career touchdown for Saints rookie Adam Trautman 'felt like draft night again'," 10 Nov. 2020 The Lone Star State’s leapfrog illustrates the magnitude to which COVID-19 cases are surging there and the extent to which California — so far — has escaped the significant spikes striking many other parts of the United States. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California: The weight of uncertainty," 3 Nov. 2020 The Lone Star State’s leapfrog illustrates both the magnitude to which COVID-19 cases are surging there, and the extent to which California — so far — has escaped the significant spikes striking many other parts of the United States. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "California coronavirus cases outpaced by Texas, but state warns not to let guard down," 2 Nov. 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. Washington Post, "Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No one expected Bryant to leapfrog Marquise Brown in the Ravens’ pecking order, but Bryant was also far behind Miles Boykin and Willie Snead IV on the depth chart. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Dez Bryant wants to play for Cardinals, but does he make sense for Arizona?," 16 Mar. 2021 The Wolverines, meanwhile, left the most room for a chasing No. 2 seed (like Alabama or Ohio State) to leapfrog them by losing three of their last five and losing veteran player Isaiah Livers to injury. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: These will be the No. 1 seeds in NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday," 14 Mar. 2021 Jones has seemed to leapfrog his two top receivers in DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle in the process. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Latest NFL mock drafts project Mac Jones as top 10 pick," 5 Mar. 2021 The augend and addend principle to growing your orbital influence begins with two forces that add up to exponentially leapfrog your presence and add to your overall personal brand image. Jedidiah Alex Koh, Forbes, "The Essential Augend And Addend Principle In Growing Your Orbital Influence And Network," 1 Mar. 2021 Entrepreneurs working in this area said that these were early days and that U.S. companies could still leapfrog the Asian producers that dominate the industry. New York Times, "The Auto Industry Bets Its Future on Batteries," 16 Feb. 2021 And since all of our characters would be going to different colleges, my instinct has been to leapfrog over four years, and kind of pick up with everyone there. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "Riverdale" Season 5 Time Jump Ahead of the Premiere," 20 Jan. 2021 Malu isn’t ready to concede, even if Harris must leapfrog quarterbacks such as Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Harris’ own teammate, Mac Jones. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Antioch’s Najee Harris races toward Alabama record book, boosts NFL draft stock," 6 Nov. 2020 North Carolina won 62-26 at Miami on Dec. 12, a win that allowed the Tar Heels to leapfrog the Hurricanes in the CFP standings — otherwise, Miami would have likely been in the Orange Bowl on its home field. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Snubbed by committee, Texas A&M will face UNC in Orange Bowl," 20 Dec. 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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“Leapfrog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leapfrog. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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