verb (past or past participle leaped /liːpt, lɛpt/ or leapt /lɛpt/)[no object, with adverbial]
- 1Jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force: he leapt on to the parapet • figurative Fabia’s heart leapt excitedlyMore example sentences
- He scanned the crowd and his heart leapt excitedly when he spotted her.
- His heart leaped and he jumped out of his bed, ran across his room and slammed his door.
- On the night Joe died, they found the ladders partly pulled down, despite them normally being pushed up at a height only accessible by leaping up a nearby wall.
- 1.1 [with object] Jump across: Peter leapt the last few stairsMore example sentences
- He then leapt a fence and galloped over the hill deep into the field.
- We heard raucous laughter and audible thuds as people leapt the fence into the yard.
- The woman was sometimes caught or confronted on properties or in her victim's homes but always made a getaway, once through a hole in a hedge and on another occasion by leaping a fence.
- 2Move quickly and suddenly: Polly leapt to her feetMore example sentences
- With that, he had leapt quickly forward and landed a quick punch to Cyrus's side that Cyrus couldn't quite follow.
- The surprised lord quickly leapt forward to catch his wife before she hurt her herself.
- Quickly I leapt to my feet and grabbed her before she even thought of doing something stupid.
- 2.1Make a sudden rush to do something; act eagerly and suddenly: everybody leapt into actionMore example sentences
- Although some bird-lovers have leapt to their defence, there is an undeniably anti-social element among the pigeon fraternity.
- But friends and colleagues leapt to his defence, insisting they had issued a public thank you for his rescue.
- It's that sad old bunch of ex-something-or-others who have leapt to her defence in recent days.
- 2.2 (leap at) Accept (an opportunity) eagerly: they leapt at the opportunity to combine fun with fund-raisingMore example sentences
- When asked by one of its key suppliers to develop their website, staff leapt at the chance.
- When the university approached Uncle Sam about the idea of an alumni center, he leaped at the opportunity.
- She leaped at the opportunity and became one of only two women investment bankers on a staff of 150.
- 2.3(Of a price, amount, etc.) increase dramatically: sales leapt by a third last yearMore example sentences
- The money will help first-time buyers who have watched the asking prices of houses leap 14 per cent in the past 12 months.
- High-end home prices have leapt 56 per cent in the past nine months.
- Petrol stations in some cities are rationing diesel, with prices leaping on the black market, according to official reports.
- 2.4 (leap out) (Especially of writing) be conspicuous; stand out: amid the notes, a couple of items leap outMore example sentences
- There wasn't one that leapt out at me like with the A and B sets, and the CD didn't help too much.
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- 1A forceful jump or quick movement: she came downstairs in a series of flying leapsMore example sentences
- In a quick leap, he had jumped from the veranda and had sped off into the field after me.
- In one quick, strong leap, her horse jumped, high, long & hard.
- But secondly, this increasing resolution of the project is visible as a series of jumps or leaps.
- 1.1A dramatic increase in price, amount, etc.: a leap of 75 per cent in two yearsMore example sentences
- It said a huge leap in coal prices and higher freight charges offset an increase in local power sales.
- This article on energy policy shows that fuel shortages and price leaps are almost entirely created by government meddling.
- When the whole chain works in sync, there can be a dramatic leap in the speed and efficiency of product development…
- 1.2A sudden abrupt change or transition: it doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to recognize that you have held an important leadership roleMore example sentences
- Science has made monumental leaps forward in technology.
- Who else in the online fanfic-writing community has taken such a bold leap of imagination while remaining completely true to the spirit of the film series?
- It wasn't such a leap from Super Ball to Super Bowl.
- 1.3 [in place names] A thing to be leaped over or from: Lover’s LeapMore example sentences
- If you've been to Lover's Leap, you'll understand what I'm talking about.
a leap in the dark
- A daring step or enterprise whose consequences are unpredictable: I had taken quite a step—a leap in the dark, in factMore example sentences
- All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.
- The proposed re-denomination looks like a leap in the dark, and an exercise in futility that the nation can ill afford now.
- But the plan does seem like a leap in the dark - radical measures taken because they might work, not because there is solid reason to believe that they will work.
by (or in) leaps and bounds
- With startlingly rapid progress: productivity improved in leaps and boundsMore example sentences
- Air travel is growing in leaps and bounds, and airlines and nations are investing in new aircraft to accommodate that growth.
- His career has already progressed in leaps and bounds and, after just four seasons of first-class cricket, he has gathered 138 wickets in 32 matches at an inexpensive 19.48 runs apiece.
- ‘They focus on the limited - service, midscale segment, which is a great value proposition and is growing by leaps and bounds,’ he says.
leap to the eye
- (Especially of writing) be immediately apparent: the word immediately leapt to the eyeMore example sentences
- The first thing that leaps to the eye from the Convention is the historical moment in which it was signed.
- This makes the details leap to the eye and I'm looking forward to getting the base colors on.
- This context of no context makes anything leap to the eye, as if its identity shines out of it.
leap to conclusions
- see conclusion.
Old 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.