out·​leap | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlēp How to pronounce outleap (audio) \

Definition of outleap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a surge of feeling, activity, or growth : outburst He felt an outleap of interest and compassion toward her …— George Eliot


out·​leap | \ ˌau̇t-ˈlēp How to pronounce outleap (audio) \
outleaped or outleapt; outleaping; outleaps

Definition of outleap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to outdo in leaping : outjump … Tillman outleaped the receiver for the slightly underthrown pass …— Nunyo Demasio Most species of hares, the snowshoe being an exception, live in more open habitat than rabbits and tend to outleap and outrun predators.— John O. Whitaker, Jr.

Examples of outleap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For years, a huge photograph of Obrovac outleaping Abdul-Jabbar and tipping it to a teammate occupied a prominent place in the concourse at University of Dayton Arena. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "The Tipoff to a Meaningful Relationship," 16 Mar. 2020 Eastwood’s artistry, his cinematic unconscious, imbues this pugnacious drama with urgent present-day observations that outleap its historical context—and maybe even his intentions. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Unintentional Politics of Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell”," 12 Dec. 2019 Sutton tracked the ball, outleaping cornerback Denzel Ward, who was right in Sutton’s hip pocket. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Browns needed Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon to do their job on 2 key plays vs. Broncos, and they didn’t -- Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Webb – all 6-foot-6 of him – outleaped a much smaller Auburn defender and made a jump-ball catch for the touchdown and a 14-3 lead. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Quarter-by-quarter look at Auburn’s 27-21 victory over Oregon," 31 Aug. 2019 And Jackson, whom Samuel outleaped, is a rookie fifth-round pick. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "From hope to must-have? 49ers may need rookies Samuel, Hurd to assume big roles," 11 Aug. 2019 Vikings cornerback Chris Cook found out how difficult Jeffery could be to defend as Jeffery burned him for an 80-yard touchdown and later outleaped him and reached around him in the end zone for a 46-yard circus catch for a score. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 88, Alshon Jeffery," 10 June 2019 Tittle then threw a 41-yard bomb to rookie halfback R.C. Owens, who outleaped Jack Christiansen and Jim David in the end zone for the winning score with 10 seconds left. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "1957 Detroit Lions: What happened each game during championship season," 5 Sep. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Outleap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outleap. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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