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 Artificial intelligence has resulted in leapfrog advances in other industries, such as healthcare, but unleashing its power requires a significant amount of data. Suzanne Russo, Forbes, "Three Keys To Unlocking The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet," 9 Mar. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The deal values Byju at $16.5 billion and helped Byju leapfrog financial payments firm Paytm, worth $16 billion, to become India’s most valuable startup. Fortune, "China’s consumers are so over the pandemic," 29 Apr. 2021 The companies that do this won't just thrive in 2021; they'll be positioned to leapfrog their competitors in a major way. Mark Murphy, Forbes, "In 2021, The Smartest Companies Will Be Teaching Leaders These Skills They’ve Never Learned Before," 2 Mar. 2021 Africa has demonstrated its capacity to leapfrog technology to accelerate development and connectivity. Gregory Meeks, Quartz, "The US wants to reset its economic ties with Africa," 23 Apr. 2021 Badly in need of a win after five straight losses, the Coyotes are down to 12 games left in the regular season and are trying to leapfrog over the Blues into fourth place in the West. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Coyotes' biggest game of the season to date is Leighton Accardo Legacy Game," 16 Apr. 2021 If the Ravens trade Orlando Brown Jr., this need would leapfrog to the top of the list. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ranking the Ravens’ top five draft priorities: Edge rusher, offensive lineman or wide receiver? | ANALYSIS," 12 Apr. 2021 Andrei Svechnikov scored late in the second for Carolina, which missed a chance to leapfrog both Tampa Bay and Florida into first place in the Central Division. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Strome, DeBrincat score, Blackhawks cool off Canes 2-1," 30 Mar. 2021 Virginia then methodically took care of the Cardinals (13-6, 8-5) to leapfrog the Seminoles by percentage points (.765 to .733) despite a blowout loss at FSU in the season’s lone meeting on Feb. 15. Gary B. Graves, ajc, "No. 21 Virginia tops Louisville 68-58 to claim ACC title," 7 Mar. 2021 Determined to leapfrog Western markets, Beijing provided hefty subsidies for purchases and required manufacturers to ensure that a certain percentage of new cars produced each year were electric. William Boston, WSJ, "How Europe Became the World’s Biggest Electric-Car Market—and Why It Might Not Last," 28 Feb. 2021

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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 17 May. 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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