- 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[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[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. 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
BrE BrE//liːp//; NAmE NAmE//liːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leap
BrE BrE//liːp//; NAmE NAmE//liːp//he / she / it leaps
BrE BrE//liːps//; NAmE NAmE//liːps//past simple leapt
BrE BrE//lept//; NAmE NAmE//lept//past participle leapt
BrE BrE//lept//; NAmE NAmE//lept//past simple leaped
BrE BrE//liːpt//; NAmE NAmE//liːpt//past participle leaped
BrE BrE//liːpt//; NAmE NAmE//liːpt//-ing form leaping
BrE BrE//ˈliːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈliːpɪŋ//