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out·​leap ˈau̇t-ˌlēp How to pronounce outleap (audio)
: a surge of feeling, activity, or growth : outburst
He felt an outleap of interest and compassion toward her …George Eliot


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

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
Tight end Mo Alie-Cox made two touchdown catches during a red zone 7-on-7 period, using his size to outleap Lions defenders. The Indianapolis Star, 19 Aug. 2022 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, 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, 12 Dec. 2019 Sutton tracked the ball, outleaping cornerback Denzel Ward, who was right in Sutton’s hip pocket. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 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, 31 Aug. 2019 And Jackson, whom Samuel outleaped, is a rookie fifth-round pick. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, 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, 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, 5 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outleap was in the 14th century

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“Outleap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outleap. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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