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



    BrE BrE//liːp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//liːp//
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  1. 1a long or high jump a leap of six metres 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
  3. see also quantum leap
    Word OriginOld 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 He made a flying leap at the ball. His technique has come on in leaps and bounds this season. I chose to take a leap of faith and do the movie. There has been a quantum leap in profits since 1995. They’ve made a great leap forward with their building in the last few years. a dramatic leap in the number of people out of work a great leap into the unknown a leap from $632 to $735 a leap in pricesIdioms very quickly; in large amounts Her health has improved in leaps and bounds. 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. a belief in something that is not known or has not been done before These reforms are totally untested and will require a leap of faith on the part of teachers.
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