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Definition of leap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    leap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//liːp//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leap
    BrE BrE//liːp//
     
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    he / she / it leaps
    BrE BrE//liːps//
     
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    past simple leapt
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    past participle leapt
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    past simple leaped
    BrE BrE//liːpt//
     
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    past participle leaped
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    -ing form leaping
    BrE BrE//ˈliːpɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to jump high or a long way + adv./prep. A dolphin leapt out of the water. We leapt over the stream. leap something The horse leapt a five-foot wall.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move or do something suddenly and quickly She leapt out of bed. He leapt across the room to answer the door. I leapt to my feet (= stood up quickly). They leapt into action immediately. (figurative) She was quick to leap to my defence (= speak in support of me). The photo seemed to leap off the page (= it got your attention immediately). His name leapt 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 The shares leapt in value from 476p to close at 536p.
  4. Word Origin Old English hlēapan (verb), hlȳp (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lopen, German laufen (verb), and Dutch loop, German Lauf (noun), all meaning ‘run’, also to lope.Extra examples Don’t be so nervous—anyone would think I was about to leap on you. He almost leaped down the stairs when he heard who it was. He leaped down from the ladder and ran over to her. He leaped onto his horse and rode off. He leaped out of bed when he heard the telephone. Rose immediately leaped to her feet. She leaped across the puddles. She leaped clear of the water. The horse leaped over high fences. The photograph seemed to leap off the page at her. children leaping about with excitement A dolphin suddenly leapt out of the water. Shares leapt in value from 476p to close at 536p. She was quick to leap to my defence. The company saw pre-tax profits leap to £14.5 million in 2004. The horse galloped on, leaping fences and hedges as it came to them. The people on the shore were leaping up and down and shouting.Idioms
    somebody’s heart leaps
     
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    used to say that somebody has a sudden feeling of happiness or excitement My heart leapt at the news. See related entries: Happiness
    jump/leap to conclusions, jump/leap to the conclusion that…
     
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    to make a decision about somebody/something too quickly, before you know or have thought about all the facts There I go again—jumping to conclusions.
    (saying) used to advise somebody to think about the possible results or dangers of something before doing it
    Phrasal Verbsleap at something
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