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verb (used without object),leaped or leapt [lept, leept], /lɛpt, lipt/, leap·ing.
  1. to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump: to leap over a ditch.

  2. to move or act quickly or suddenly: to leap aside; She leaped at the opportunity.

  1. to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a jump: to leap to a conclusion; an idea that immediately leaped to mind.

verb (used with object),leaped or leapt [lept, leept], /lɛpt, lipt/, leap·ing.
  1. to jump over: to leap a fence.

  2. to pass over as if by a jump.

  1. to cause to leap: to leap a horse.

  1. a spring, jump, or bound; a light, springing movement.

  2. the distance covered in a leap; distance jumped.

  1. a place leaped or to be leaped over or from.

  2. a sudden or abrupt transition: a successful leap from piano class to concert hall.

  3. a sudden and decisive increase: a leap in the company's profits.

Idioms about leap

  1. by leaps and bounds, very rapidly: We are progressing by leaps and bounds.

  2. leap in the dark, an action of which the consequences are unknown: The experiment was a leap in the dark.

  1. leap of faith, an act or instance of accepting or trusting in something that cannot readily be seen or proved.

Origin of leap

First recorded before 900; Middle English lepen, Old English hlēapan “to leap, run”; cognate with German laufen, Old Norse hlaupa, Gothic hlaupan

synonym study For leap

1. See jump.

Other words for leap

Other words from leap

  • leaper, noun

Words Nearby leap

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How to use leap in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for leap


/ (liːp) /

verbleaps, leaping, leapt or leaped
  1. (intr) to jump suddenly from one place to another

  2. (intr often foll by at) to move or react quickly

  1. (tr) to jump over

  2. to come into prominence rapidly: the thought leapt into his mind

  3. (tr) to cause (an animal, esp a horse) to jump a barrier

  1. the act of jumping

  2. a spot from which a leap was or may be made

  1. the distance of a leap

  2. an abrupt change or increase

  3. Also called (US and Canadian): skip music a relatively large melodic interval, esp in a solo part

  4. a leap in the dark an action performed without knowledge of the consequences

  5. by leaps and bounds with unexpectedly rapid progress

Origin of leap

Old English hlēapan; related to Gothic hlaupan, German laufen

Derived forms of leap

  • leaper, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with leap


In addition to the idioms beginning with leap

  • leap in the dark
  • leap of faith

also see:

  • by leaps and bounds
  • look before you leap
  • quantum leap

Also see underjump.

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