American English

Definition of leap noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a long or high jump a leap of six meters She took a flying leap and landed on the other side of the stream. (figurative) His heart gave a sudden leap when he saw her. (figurative) Few people successfully make the leap from television to the movies.
  2. 2leap (in something) a sudden large change or increase in something a leap in profits see also quantum leap
  3. Idioms
    by/in leaps and bounds
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    very quickly; in large amounts Her health has improved by leaps and bounds.
    a leap in the dark
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    an action or a risk that you take without knowing anything about the activity or what the result will be I didn't know what the new job would be like—I just took a leap in the dark.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leap