Leap meaning

lēp
Leap is defined as to jump up from the ground.

An example of leap is to jump across a small stream.

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To move suddenly or swiftly, as if by jumping; bound.
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A place that is, or is to be, leapt over or from.
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A sudden transition.
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The definition of a leap is a jump from one point to another or a sudden or large movement or transition.

An example of leap is how a frog gets around.

An example of leap is going right from a first date to a wedding.

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To move oneself suddenly from the ground, etc. by using one's leg muscles; jump; spring.
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The act of leaping; jump; spring.
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The distance covered in a jump.
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(intransitive) To jump.
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To pass over by a leap or jump.

To leap a wall or a ditch.

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To copulate with (a female beast); to cover.
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To cause to leap.

To leap a horse across a ditch.

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The act of leaping or jumping.
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The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
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(figuratively) A significant move forward.
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(mining) A fault.
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(music) A passing from one note to another by an interval, especially by a long one, or by one including several other intermediate intervals.
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A weel or wicker trap for fish.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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(acronym) Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol.
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To propel oneself over.

I couldn't leap the brook.

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To cause to leap.

She leapt her horse over the hurdle.

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An abrupt or precipitous passage, shift, or transition.

A leap from rags to riches.

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To accept eagerly something offered.

To leap at a chance.

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To pass over by a jump.
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To cause or force to leap.

To leap a horse over a wall.

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See EAP.
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by leaps and bounds
  • Very quickly:.
    Growing by leaps and bounds.
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leap in the dark
  • An act whose consequences cannot be predicted.
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leap of faith
  • The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
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by leaps and bounds
  • With very rapid progress.
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leap in the dark
  • An act that is risky because its consequences cannot be foreseen.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

by leaps and bounds
by leaps and bounds

Origin of leap

  • Middle English lepen from Old English hlēapan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lepen, from Old English hlÄ“apan, from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanÄ… (compare West Frisian ljeppe "˜to jump', Dutch lopen "˜to run; to walk', German laufen "˜to run', Danish løbe), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian Å¡lùbti "˜to become lame', klùbti "˜to stumble').

    From Wiktionary