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leap
British English: /liːp/
American English: /lip/

Translation of leap in French:

noun

  • 2 [figurative] (big step) a great leap forward in something
    un grand bond en avant en quelque chose
    to make the leap from journalist to novelist
    faire le saut du journalisme au roman
    it requires a leap of the imagination
    cela réclame un grand effort d'imagination
    ‘a giant leap for mankind’
    ‘un pas de géant pour l'humanité’

transitive verb prét, pp leapt leapedPronunciation: /liːpt/, /lept/

  • 1 (jump over)
    franchir [quelque chose] d'un bond (hedge, chasm)
  • 2 (person) to leap three metres
    sauter trois mètres
  • 3
    (rider)
    faire sauter (horse) (over au dessus de)

intransitive verb prét, pp leapt leapedPronunciation: /liːpt/, /lept/

  • 1
    (person, animal)
    bondir, sauter
    to leap out of the bath/to the phone
    bondir or sauter hors de son bain/sur le téléphone
    to leap to one's feet to leap across ou over something
    franchir quelque chose d'un bond
    to leap out of bed to leap to safety
    sauter pour sauver sa vie
    to leap up the stairs
    monter l'escalier quatre à quatre
    to leap to somebody's defence [figurative]
    bondir au secours de quelqu'un
  • 2 [figurative]
    (heart)
    bondir (with de)
    her mind leaped back to her childhood
    son enfance lui est revenue brutalement à l'esprit
    the narrative leaps forward to 1950
    le récit saute à 1950
    the words leaped off the page at him
    les mots lui ont sauté aux yeux
  • 3
    (price, profit, charge, stock market)
    grimper (by de)

Idioms

look before you leap

[proverb]
il faut réfléchir avant d'agir

to come on in leaps and bounds

faire des progrès à pas de géant

Phrasal verbs

leap around

leap about

leap at

[figurative]
leap at [something]
bondir sur (chance, offer)

leap in

[figurative] (with answer, retort)
se lancer

leap out

1 [literal]
surgir d'un bond (from behind de derrière)
2 leap out at [somebody] 2.1
surgir en bondissant sur (passer-by)
2.2 [figurative] (be obvious)
sauter aux yeux de (reader, onlooker)

leap up

1.1 (jump to one's feet)
bondir sur ses pieds
to leap up at somebody
(dog)
bondir sur quelqu'un
1.2 (rise)
(price, rate)
grimper

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