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Meaning & Definition of Leap in English

English

Leap

/lip/

noun

1. A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

    synonym:
  • leap
  • ,
  • leaping
  • ,
  • spring
  • ,
  • saltation
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • bounce

2. An abrupt transition

  • "A successful leap from college to the major leagues"
    synonym:
  • leap
  • ,
  • jump
  • ,
  • saltation

3. A sudden and decisive increase

  • "A jump in attendance"
    synonym:
  • jump
  • ,
  • leap

4. The distance leaped (or to be leaped)

  • "A leap of 10 feet"
    synonym:
  • leap

verb

1. Move forward by leaps and bounds

  • "The horse bounded across the meadow"
  • "The child leapt across the puddle"
  • "Can you jump over the fence?"
    synonym:
  • jump
  • ,
  • leap
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • spring

2. Pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

  • "Leap into fame"
  • "Jump to a conclusion"
  • "Jump from one thing to another"
    synonym:
  • leap
  • ,
  • jump

3. Jump down from an elevated point

  • "The parachutist didn't want to jump"
  • "Every year, hundreds of people jump off the golden gate bridge"
  • "The widow leapt into the funeral pyre"
    synonym:
  • jump
  • ,
  • leap
  • ,
  • jump off

4. Cause to jump or leap

  • "The trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop"
    synonym:
  • jump
  • ,
  • leap

Examples of using

How many days comprise a leap year?
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.