American English

Definition of jump noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an act of jumping a jump of over six meters The story takes a jump back in time. Somehow he survived the jump from the third floor of the building. to do a parachute jump a ski jump champion I sat up with a jump (= quickly and suddenly). The negotiations took a jump forward yesterday (= they made progress). see also high jump, long jump, ski jump, triple jump
  2. barrier
  3. 2a barrier like a narrow fence that a horse or a runner has to jump over in a race or competition The horse fell at the last jump.
  4. increase
  5. 3jump (in something) a sudden increase in amount, price, or value a 20 percent jump in pre-tax profits unusually large price jumps
  6. Idioms
    a hop, skip, and (a) jump (informal)
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    a short distance It's just a hop, skip, and jump from here.
    to keep, etc. one jump ahead (of somebody)
    jump to other results
    to keep your advantage over someone, especially your competitors, by taking action before they do or by making sure you know more than they do
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: jump