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 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

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 This would enable ways for alternative energy technologies to leapfrog the expensive centralized grid systems. Thomas Wolfgang Thurner, Quartz Africa, "Renewable energy managed over blockchain would boost Africa’s rural power access," 11 June 2019 Arizona, clinging to slim postseason hopes, remained 5{ games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card with 11 to play and also would have to leapfrog Milwaukee, Philadelphia and the New York Mets. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Here, China sees some opportunities to leapfrog American technology. Melissa K. Chan, Time, "China and the U.S Are Fighting a Major Battle Over Killer Robots and the Future of AI," 13 Sep. 2019 But the Northern Ireland case will not automatically leapfrog other cases to the Supreme Court. Tara John And Peter Taggart, CNN, "Legal challenge in Belfast against no-deal Brexit dismissed," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 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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