\ ˈlēp How to pronounce leap (audio) \
leaped or leapt\ ˈlēpt How to pronounce leap (audio) also  ˈlept How to pronounce leap (audio) \; leaping\ ˈlē-​piŋ How to pronounce leap (audio) \

Definition of leap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to spring free from or as if from the ground : jump leap over a fence a fish leaps out of the water
2a : to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another the difficult leap from college to the workplace
b : to act precipitately leaped at the chance

transitive verb

: to pass over by leaping leaped the wall



Definition of leap (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of leaping : spring, bound
b(1) : a place leaped over or from
(2) : the distance covered by a leap
2a : a sudden passage or transition a great leap forward
b : a choice made in an area of ultimate concern a leap of faith
by leaps and bounds
: with extraordinary rapidity a town growing by leaps and bounds

Other Words from leap


leaper \ ˈlē-​pər How to pronounce leap (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for leap

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leap in a Sentence

Verb The cat suddenly leaped into the air. Fish were leaping out of the water. He leaped off the bridge. The boys leaped over the stream. The horse leaped the stone wall. When the alarm went off, she leapt out of bed. Noun She made a graceful leap into the air. He ran and took a flying leap over the stream. He won the high jump with a leap of six feet. the leap from childhood to adulthood She has shown great leaps in ability. Technology has taken a great leap forward. It required a leap of the imagination to picture how the project would look when it was completed. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s half of high school and most of middle school, time enough for a grade schooler to notch several inches on the kitchen doorframe and for toddlers to leap from first words to conversations. Lydia Denworth, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2022 One of the most cherished wildlife sightings is the spotted eagle ray, which can leap from water to reveal a wingspan of nine feet and a whip tail. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 Central Mexico's Piedra Canteada forests seem to leap from the pages of a fairy tale. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2022 Sometimes bumpy, their paths provide a lesson plan for others looking to leap from the classroom to the corporate world. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 Children will leap, prance and spin their way through the world of Angela DiTerlizzi’s Some Bugs. Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 From there the stories leap back and forth — three different timelines, each with their own flashbacks — touching on courtships and childhood, tensions at home and triumphs with the voting public. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Should the Jazz win their final two games and Dallas lose its final two, Utah would leap ahead of the Mavs because the tiebreaker goes to the division champion. oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 Tuesday temperatures leap up to 89 during the day, which also has a 40% chance of showers. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, leaning in now are 50% more likely to consider EV than the rest of the US population while those in the looking for the right moment to take the leap are two and half times more likely to consider EV than the rest of the US population. Michael Gale, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 While one partner is ready to take the leap and gave their partner an ultimatum as a result, the other is on the fence. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 About 10 percent of all of ViaGen Pets’ customers who’ve preserved their pets’ DNA ultimately take the leap, said Melain Rodriguez, the company’s client service manager. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 The was the spark that inspired Woodall to take the leap and enter culinary school. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 What if the best coach ever was given five years at other programs around the country trying to make a leap? Underachieving former powers? Doug Lesmerises, oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2022 Wrightsil looked to make the leap to the highest level of college basketball for his fifth season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2022 But Schwartz's Sonic is still the heart of it all, the key that has allowed this franchise to successfully make the leap to the big screen. Christian Holub, EW.com, 10 Apr. 2022 The team lacks the talent and overall coaching to make a leap toward the conference’s upper tier. Shreyas Laddha, courant.com, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leap


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


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

History and Etymology for leap

Verb and Noun

Middle English lepen, from Old English hlēapan; akin to Old High German hlouffan to run

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The first known use of leap was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for leap


\ ˈlēp How to pronounce leap (audio) \
leaped or leapt\ ˈlēpt , ˈlept \; leaping\ ˈlē-​piŋ \

Kids Definition of leap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to jump or cause to jump from a surface Fish leaped out of the water.
2 : to move, act, or pass quickly He leaped out of bed.

Other Words from leap

leaper \ ˈlē-​pər \ noun



Kids Definition of leap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of springing up or over : jump
2 : a place that is jumped over or from … Lizzie took the leap, stumbled … and fell.— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
3 : the distance that is jumped a five foot leap

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