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


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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the win, Minnesota leapfrogs Salt Lake in the Western Conference standings. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Darwin Quintero stars in Minnesota United’s 3-1 win over Salt Lake," 15 Sep. 2019 In fact the Rays stand first on Baseball America’s recent rankings, and soon will leapfrog the Pads for first in MLB.com rankings, said Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Should Padres study Rays, who with less money have No. 1 farm system and 69-50 record?," 12 Aug. 2019 Spurs actually finished third, although a point against United would have seen them leapfrog rivals Arsenal into second. SI.com, "Manchester United: Looking Back at the Red Devils' Last 5 Opening Day Victories," 11 Aug. 2019 If so, Sanders’ apparent plan to keep picking on Biden may make sense even as other progressive-leaning candidates leapfrog him in opinion surveys. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Bernie Sanders has an Elizabeth Warren problem at tonight’s debate," 30 July 2019 The Bavarians are without Leon Goretzka for the game but will hoping to leapfrog their opponents at the top of the table this weekend. SI.com, "This Weekend's 7 Must-Watch Games as Club Football Finally Returns," 12 Sep. 2019 If each follows the elevator algorithm, then under heavy traffic, the elevators start leapfrogging each other a few floors at a time. Jesse Dunietz, Popular Mechanics, "The Hidden Science of Elevators," 2 Sep. 2019 Cunningham figures to leapfrog Skipper and Cole Croston as New England’s top swing tackle. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots trade for pair of offensive linemen in Jermaine Eluemunor, Korey Cunningham," 28 Aug. 2019 His trade wars are tempting central banks — Europe’s being the latest — to weaken their currencies (efforts that inevitably will fail, because each central bank will be tempted to leapfrog the previous one). Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "Americans don’t want endless trade wars, threats and tariffs. What we need is a bold alternative.," 21 June 2019

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1599, in the meaning defined above


1872, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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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



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


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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not being in agreement or harmony

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