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Definition of leap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leap