overleap

verb

over·​leap ˌō-vər-ˈlēp How to pronounce overleap (audio)
overleaped or overleapt ˌō-vər-ˈlēpt How to pronounce overleap (audio)
 also  -ˈlept
; overleaping ˌō-vər-ˈlē-piŋ How to pronounce overleap (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to leap over or across
2
: to defeat (oneself) by going too far

Examples of overleap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bridge-builders—such is the implication—will always overleap wall-builders. Felipe Fernández-Armesto, WSJ, 25 June 2018 In this way, the U.S. can overleap the entrenched inequalities and make use of preexisting intellectual and social capital. Noah Shachtman, WIRED, 31 Mar. 2008

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overleap was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Overleap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overleap. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

overleap

verb
over·​leap ˌō-vər-ˈlēp How to pronounce overleap (audio)
overleaped or overleapt -ˈlēpt How to pronounce overleap (audio)
 also  -ˈlept
; overleaping -ˈlē-piŋ How to pronounce overleap (audio)
1
: to leap over or across
overleap a ditch
2
: to defeat (oneself) by going too far
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