- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to jump high or a long way + adv./prep. A dolphin leaped out of the water. We leaped over the stream. leap something The horse leaped a five-foot wall.
- 2 [intransitive] + adv./prep. to move or do something suddenly and quickly She leaped out of bed. He leaped across the room to answer the door. Ileaped to my feet (= stood up quickly). They leaped into action immediately. (figurative) She was quick to leap to my defense (= speak in support of me). The photo seemed to leap off the page (= it got your attention immediately). His name leaped out at me (= I saw it immediately).
- 3 [intransitive] leap (in something) (from…) (to…) to increase suddenly and by a large amount synonym shoot up Shares leaped in value yesterday. Idioms
NAmE//lip//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leap
he / she / it leaps
past simple leapt
past simple leaped
-ing form leaping
used to say that someone has a sudden feeling of happiness or excitement My heart leapt at the news.
somebody's heart leapsjump to other results
to make a decision about someone or something too quickly, before you know or have thought about all the facts There I go again—jumping to conclusions.
jump/leap to conclusions, jump/leap to the conclusion that…jump to other results
used to advise someone to think about the possible results or dangers of something before doing it Phrasal Verbsleap at something
look before you leap (saying)jump to other results