verb (used without object), leaped or leapt, leaping.
to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump: to leap over a ditch.
to move or act quickly or suddenly: to leap aside; She leaped at the opportunity.
to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a jump: to leap to a conclusion; an idea that immediately leaped to mind.
verb (used with object), leaped or leapt, leaping.
to jump over: to leap a fence.
to pass over as if by a jump.
to cause to leap: to leap a horse.
a spring, jump, or bound; a light, springing movement.
the distance covered in a leap; distance jumped.
a place leaped or to be leaped over or from.
a sudden or abrupt transition: a successful leap from piano class to concert hall.
a sudden and decisive increase: a leap in the company's profits.
by leaps and bounds, very rapidly: We are progressing by leaps and bounds.
leap in the dark, an action of which the consequences are unknown: The experiment was a leap in the dark.
leap of faith, an act or instance of accepting or trusting in something that cannot readily be seen or proved.

before 900; Middle English lepen, Old English hlēapan to leap, run; cognate with German laufen, Old Norse hlaupa, Gothic hlaupan

leaper, noun

1. bound. See jump.
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leap (liːp)
vb (often foll by at) , leaps, leaping, leapt, leaped
1.  (intr) to jump suddenly from one place to another
2.  to move or react quickly
3.  (tr) to jump over
4.  to come into prominence rapidly: the thought leapt into his mind
5.  (tr) to cause (an animal, esp a horse) to jump a barrier
6.  the act of jumping
7.  a spot from which a leap was or may be made
8.  the distance of a leap
9.  an abrupt change or increase
10.  music Also called (US and Canadian): skip a relatively large melodic interval, esp in a solo part
11.  a leap in the dark an action performed without knowledge of the consequences
12.  by leaps and bounds with unexpectedly rapid progress
[Old English hlēapan; related to Gothic hlaupan, German laufen]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hleapan "to jump, run, leap" (class VII strong verb; past tense hleop, pp. hleapen), from P.Gmc. *khlaupan (cf. O.S. hlopan, O.N. hlaupa, O.Fris. hlapa, Du. lopen, Ger. laufen "to run," Goth. us-hlaupan "to jump up"), of uncertain origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. The noun is O.E.
hlyp (Anglian *hlep). Leap-frog, the children's game, is attested from 1590s.
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Example sentences for leaps
Engulfed in flames, he leaps off a cliff into the river below.
Bionic legs allowing him to run at tremendous speed and make great leaps.
During his upgrade however, bender changes his mind and leaps out the window.
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