leap Definition

  • 1to jump high or a long way
  • 2to make a sudden movement or change
  • 3to act quickly or decisively

Using leap: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "leap" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The athlete leaped over the hurdle.

  • Example

    The cat leaped off the table.

  • Example

    She leaped at the opportunity to work abroad.

  • Example

    The company's profits leaped by 50% this year.

leap Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for leap

Antonyms for leap

Idioms Using leap

  • leap out of one's skin

    to be extremely startled or surprised


    When the fire alarm went off, I nearly leaped out of my skin.

  • leap to conclusions

    to form an opinion or make a judgment without enough information or evidence


    Don't leap to conclusions about what happened. We need to investigate further.

  • to take a big step or make a significant change


    Moving to a new country was scary, but I knew I had to make the leap to pursue my dreams.

Phrases with leap

  • an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved


    Starting a business is always a leap of faith.

  • a sudden and significant improvement or advance in something


    The new technology represents a quantum leap in computer processing power.

  • to take a risk or make a big decision


    I decided to take a leap and quit my job to start my own business.

Origins of leap

from Old English 'hlēapan', meaning 'to jump, run, leap'


Summary: leap in Brief

The verb 'leap' [liːp] refers to jumping high or far, making sudden movements or changes, or acting quickly. It can describe physical actions like 'The athlete leaped over the hurdle,' or figurative ones like 'The company's profits leaped by 50% this year.' 'Leap' also appears in phrases like 'leap of faith,' which denotes belief in something unprovable, and idioms like 'leap to conclusions,' meaning to judge without enough evidence.

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