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Definition of "leap" []

  • To spring or bound upward from or as if from the ground; jump: leaped over the wall; salmon leaping upriver. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move quickly or abruptly from one condition or subject to another: always leaping to conclusions. (verb-intransitive)
  • To act impulsively: leaped at the opportunity to travel. (verb-intransitive)
  • To jump over: couldn't leap the brook. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to leap: leap a horse over a hurdle. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "leap" in a sentence
  • "IV. iii.148 (410,8) [How will he triumph, leap, and laugh at it?] [W: geap] To _leap_ is to _exult_, to skip for joy."
  • "The main leap is recognizing that preserving data will be an ongoing semi-hygienic chore, like brushing your teeth or taking out the trash."
  • "I think the leap from the tree-limb is a good start."