Definition of leap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    leap

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//lip//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leap
     
    he / she / it leaps
     
    past simple leapt
     
    past simple leaped
     
    -ing form leaping
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3 [intransitive] leap (in something) (from…) (to…) to increase suddenly and by a large amount synonym shoot up Shares leaped in value yesterday.
  4. Idioms
    somebody's heart leaps
     
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    used to say that someone has a sudden feeling of happiness or excitement My heart leapt at the news.
    jump/leap to conclusions,jump/leap to the conclusion that…
     
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    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.
    look before you leap(saying)
     
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    used to advise someone to think about the possible results or dangers of something before doing it
    Phrasal Verbsleap at something
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