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American English: /dʒəmp/
British English: /dʒʌmp/

Translation of jump in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (leap) he jumped from the second floor
    saltó del or desde el segundo piso
    she jumped across the ditch
    cruzó la zanja de un salto
    he managed to jump back just in time
    logró echarse atrás de un salto justo a tiempo
    the water is lovely, jump in
    el agua está deliciosa, tírate
    the horse jumped over the gate
    el caballo saltó la verja
    the children were jumping up and down on the bed
    los niños saltaban or brincaban sobre la cama
    to jump for joy
    dar saltos or saltar or brincar de alegría
    did he jump or was he pushed?
    ¿renunció o lo renunciaron? [humorous]
    we don't know which way they're going to jump
    no se sabe qué van a decidir or [colloquial] para qué lado van a agarrar
    Example sentences
    • But he soon found himself soaked with icy water, after jumping over a fifteen foot wall to reach the narrow riverbank.
    • The burglar then jumped 30 feet to freedom out of a window.
    • It was a brave decision because he had to jump about 15 feet down into the river in the dark.
    1.2 (move quickly) See examples: he jumped up from his seat
    se levantó (del asiento) de un salto
    I jumped out of bed
    me levanté (de la cama) de un salto
    I'm not going to jump into bed with the first guy I meet [colloquial]
    no me voy a acostar con el primer tipo que conozca [colloquial]
    jump in, I'll give you a lift
    súbete que te llevo
    I'll jump off here
    me bajo aquí
    to jump at somethingshe jumped at the offer
    aceptó la oferta al vuelo
    they'll jump at the chance
    no van a dejar pasar la oportunidad
    to jump on somebody/something
    abalanzarse sobre alguien/algo
    her critics jumped on this remark
    sus críticos se cebaron en esta afirmación
    to jump to one's feet
    ponerse de pie or (in Latin America also) pararse de un salto
    to jump to attention (Military)
    ponerse firme
    jump to it!
    ¡hazlo inmediatamente!
  • 2 2.1 (change, skip) to jump from one subject to another
    saltar or pasar de un tema al otro
    the action jumps forward
    la acción da un salto adelante en el tiempo
    2.2 (increase, advance suddenly)
    subir de un golpe
    he/it jumped to the top of the charts
    saltó a los primeros lugares de las listas
    Example sentences
    • Fuel prices in Perth are also on the rise, with the average unleaded price jumping from 84.7 cents a litre on Monday to 92.4 cents yesterday.
    • On Monday, European oil stocks performed well as the price of oil jumped to its highest level in three months.
    • China's coal prices have jumped more than 40 per cent over the past year.
    Example sentences
    • The storyline jumps forward and backward in time in non-linear fragments.
    • While the script jumps forward and backwards in time, Rose leaves more unexplained than he should.
    • He was talking really fast, jumping from one subject to the next, probably hoping that he would not have to listen to what I had to say.
    Example sentences
    • Andrew Drury put in a near perfect performance that enabled him to jump a grade by skipping the yellow belt all together and moving up to orange belt.
    • But with tears streaming down my face it was easy to jump the dozen places to the front of the taxi queue.
    • Chuck was happy that his daughter was smart enough to jump a grade, but at the same time, it disturbed him. She was growing up so fast.
  • 3 3.1 (jerk) 3.2 (in alarm)
    you made me jump!
    ¡qué susto me diste!
    Example sentences
    • The man, surprised by this sudden movement jumped, and screamed.
    • We all jumped, surprised that she was even paying attention.
    • Whenever something fell or moved, she'd jump in surprise.
  • 4 (be lively) [colloquial]the party's really jumping
    la fiesta está muy movida [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The place was jumping, yes a little bit over crowded, and slightly pretentious, but that just added to the atmosphere.
    • Well get down to the Dooney some night this week, because the place is literally jumping with the best music and craic around.
    • The annual regatta fortnight is held over the final week of July and first week of August, a time when the place is jumping with visitors and locals alike.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (leap over)
    to jump rope (American English)
    saltar a la cuerda or (in Spain also) a la comba or (Colombia) (al) lazo or (Chile) al cordel
    brincar la reata (Mexico)
    1.2 (cause to leap)
    hacer saltar
    he jumps an Arab horse
    salta con un caballo árabe
    Example sentences
    • Two riders jumped steady clears to finish ahead of Joanne, but she held on to the third ticket after an agonising wait.
    • Fantasia jumped lazily the first time, but cantered after the fence - a sure sign your horse jumped well.
    • ‘He was beaten by a very good horse but he jumped well and battled well,’ he said.
    Example sentences
    • Despite our best efforts, the deer had easily jumped our carefully erected fence.
    • Visitors are ignoring numerous written and verbal warnings not to exit the building, and are jumping barriers or opening fire exits to get on to the mountain.
    • When she questioned them one of the men punched her in the face, leaving her with a swollen eye and a gash to the forehead, before the pair jumped the barriers and ran off.
  • 2 2.1 (spring out of)
    salirse de
    2.2 (disregard)
    they jumped a whole paragraph
    se saltaron or (River Plate area) se saltearon todo un párrafo
    to jump the lights
    saltarse el semáforo
    pasar el semáforo en rojo
    to jump the line o (British English) queue
    Example sentences
    • During an argument over which settler had the right to jump the land claim of an Indiana lumber company, Coleman shot Dow in the back.
    • After Deborah wins Linda's quarter-section from Crook by jumping the claim, she and Eden develop the land and begin extracting manganese from the hill at the center of the property.
    Example sentences
    • As I squeezed the trigger, the sound was deafening, the gun jumped uncontrollably in my hands.
    • The polygraph needles jumped and the readings scrolled out.
    • I see him pointing right at me, the gun jumping in his hands.
  • 3 (run away) [colloquial]to jump bail
    huir estando en libertad bajo fianza
    to jump ship
  • 4 (ambush, attack) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Victim of a seemingly random attack, he was jumped and kicked to a pulp as he made his way home from a 21st birthday celebration.
    • Micky Adams is walking down the ramp when suddenly he is jumped from behind by a little guy dressed all in black.
    • Just as he was about to break the lock off the carriage door, he was suddenly jumped from behind.
  • 5 (American English) [colloquial] 5.1 (catch)
    agarrar [colloquial] or (especially Spain) coger
    5.2 (without paying fare) See examples:he jumped the train
    se subió al tren sin pagar
    Example sentences
    • Money was tight and we had to keep low, so we jumped a freight train to get back to New York.
    • I wound up jumping freight trains, going to Texas and not going to school, working in the oil fields, bucking hay, and doing all kinds of stuff.
    • Our hero took his chance and legged it, grabbing his coat and case and jumping train miles from home.


  • 1 1.1 (leap) it's a big jump from that window
    es un buen salto el que hay que dar desde esa ventana
    she gave a little jump for joy
    dio un saltito de alegría
    I sat up with a jump
    me incorporé sobresaltado
    go (and) take a running jump! [colloquial]
    ¡vete a freír espárragos! [colloquial]
    to be/stay one jump aheadthis way, you'll be one jump ahead of the competition
    de esta manera le llevarás la delantera a la competencia
    she was always one jump ahead of her classmates
    siempre estaba adelantada con respecto de sus compañeros
    she tried to stay one jump ahead of her pupils
    trataba de mantenerse un paso adelante de sus alumnos
    1.2 (fence)
    Example sentences
    • The ‘Blues’ were to win almost every major race in Europe and America, on the flat as well as over the jumps and in harness racing.
    • Any horse falling at the trial jump or twice refusing is not allowed to compete.
    • The award is aimed at recognising consistently good performances in the major races of the jumps season.
    Example sentences
    • Both granddad and grandson were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and David had also injured his foot after the jump from the top of the house, but they had made it.
    • A virtuoso soubrette dancer noted for her light, springy jumps, strong feet, and sunny disposition, she was a favourite of Ashton's.
    • Tournament skiers like David have long exceeded the 100-feet mark for the jump.
  • 2 2.1 (sudden transition) 2.2 (increase, advance)
    Example sentences
    • The study blamed rapidly expanding road networks and a sharp increase in flights for the dramatic jump in air, noise and light pollution in the past decade.
    • Inflation in the UK took a sudden upward jump last month, rising to an annual rate of 2.6%.
    • We just found out the other day that gross domestic product rose 3.8 percent, a huge jump.
    Example sentences
    • Employers have to rethink the way they treat older workers - a gradual glide into retirement being much better than a sudden jump.
    • Of course, I flew from London to Istanbul, so it was a sudden jump from one culture to another, rather than a gradual shift.
    • Moreover, the transition between these two regimes is known to be sharp; it is a true discontinuity, a sudden jump rather than a smooth gradation.

Phrasal verbs

jump around

verb + adverb
dar brincos or saltos
stop jumping around
¡estate quieto!

jump down

verb + adverb
bajarse de un salto

jump off

verb + adverb
1.1 (in showjumping) 1.2 (get started)
(American English)

jump out

verb + adverb
1.1 (from plane)
1.2 (from car)
1.3 (be striking)
llamar or atraer la atención

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