- to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump: to leap over a ditch.
- to move or act quickly or suddenly: to leap aside; She leaped at the opportunity.
- to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a jump: to leap to a conclusion; an idea that immediately leaped to mind.
- to jump over: to leap a fence.
- to pass over as if by a jump.
- to cause to leap: to leap a horse.
- a spring, jump, or bound; a light, springing movement.
- the distance covered in a leap; distance jumped.
- a place leaped or to be leaped over or from.
- a sudden or abrupt transition: a successful leap from piano class to concert hall.
- a sudden and decisive increase: a leap in the company's profits.
- by leaps and bounds, very rapidly: We are progressing by leaps and bounds.
- leap in the dark, an action of which the consequences are unknown: The experiment was a leap in the dark.
- leap of faith, an act or instance of accepting or trusting in something that cannot readily be seen or proved.
Origin of leap
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Examples from the Web for leaped
A boy in shorts kicked the game ball into the goal, then leaped in celebration.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
Once Ranbaxy got FDA approval, it leaped straight into making commercial-size batches without any meaningful dry runs.Those Generic Drugs May Not Have Been What You Thought They Were
May 17, 2013
Top Gun director Tony Scott leaped to his death off a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday.Director Tony Scott’s Death Seen as Suicide After He Leaped From Bridge
August 20, 2012
Gadell leaped for cover behind a stoop and shot back, emptying his .38-caliber Smith Wesson.‘Glock’ by Paul Barrett: Interview and Excerpt
The Daily Beast
January 8, 2012
Deng leaped from a California commuter college to the Yale School of Management.Wendi Murdoch’s Pie Smackdown
Samuel P. Jacobs
July 19, 2011
When he leaped to one side to make the shot, Andrew was already among the trees.Way of the Lawless
He leaped toward Garson—would have wrenched the pistol from the other's grasp.Within the Law
The Judge sprang from the car, leaped the stream, and started toward them.Her Father's Daughter
He leaped to his feet and seized her savagely by the shoulders.
All over the camp the porters, startled, leaped to their feet.
- (intr) to jump suddenly from one place to another
- (intr often foll by at) to move or react quickly
- (tr) to jump over
- to come into prominence rapidlythe thought leapt into his mind
- (tr) to cause (an animal, esp a horse) to jump a barrier
- the act of jumping
- a spot from which a leap was or may be made
- the distance of a leap
- an abrupt change or increase
- Also called (US and Canadian): skip music a relatively large melodic interval, esp in a solo part
- a leap in the dark an action performed without knowledge of the consequences
- by leaps and bounds with unexpectedly rapid progress
Word Origin and History for leaped
c.1200, from Old English hliep, hlyp (West Saxon), *hlep (Mercian, Northumbrian) "a leap, bound, spring, sudden movement; thing to leap from;" common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian hlep, Dutch loop, Old High German hlouf, German lauf); from the root of leap (v.). Leaps has been paired with bounds since at least 1720.
c.1200, from Old English hleapan "to jump, run, leap" (class VII strong verb; past tense hleop, past participle hleapen), from Proto-Germanic *khlaupan (cf. Old Saxon hlopan, Old Norse hlaupa, Old Frisian hlapa, Dutch lopen, Old High German hlouffan, German laufen "to run," Gothic us-hlaupan "to jump up"), of uncertain origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. Leap-frog, the children's game, is attested by that name from 1590s; figurative use by 1704.
First loke and aftirward lepe [proverb recorded from mid-15c.]
Related: Leaped; leaping.