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LEAP (leapt)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leap mean? 

LEAP (noun)
  The noun LEAP has 4 senses:

1. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
2. an abrupt transition
3. a sudden and decisive increase
4. the distance leaped (or to be leaped)

  Familiarity information: LEAP used as a noun is uncommon.


LEAP (verb)
  The verb LEAP has 4 senses:

1. move forward by leaps and bounds
2. pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
3. jump down from an elevated point
4. cause to jump or leap

  Familiarity information: LEAP used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEAP (noun)


Sense 1leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

leap; leaping; bounce; spring; bound; saltation

Hypernyms ("leap" is a kind of...):

jump; jumping (the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leap"):

caper; capriole (a playful leap or hop)

pounce (the act of pouncing)


Sense 2leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abrupt transition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

jump; leap; saltation

Context example:

a successful leap from college to the major leagues

Hypernyms ("leap" is a kind of...):

transition (a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leap"):

quantum jump ((physics) an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum)


Sense 3leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden and decisive increase

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

jump; leap

Context example:

a jump in attendance

Hypernyms ("leap" is a kind of...):

increase (a change resulting in an increase)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leap"):

quantum jump; quantum leap (a sudden large increase or advance)


Sense 4leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distance leaped (or to be leaped)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

a leap of 10 feet

Hypernyms ("leap" is a kind of...):

distance (the property created by the space between two objects or points)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leap"):

elevation ((ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump)


LEAP (verb)


Sense 1leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move forward by leaps and bounds

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

spring; leap; jump; bound

Context examples:

The horse bounded across the meadow / The child leapt across the puddle / Can you jump over the fence?

Hypernyms (to "leap" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "leap"):

vault (bound vigorously)

leapfrog (jump across)

overleap; vault (jump across or leap over (an obstacle))

curvet (perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse)

hop; hop-skip; skip (jump lightly)

caper (jump about playfully)

saltate (leap or skip, often in dancing)

ski jump (jump on skis)

galumph (move around heavily and clumsily)

capriole (perform a capriole, of horses in dressage)

bounce (leap suddenly)

burst (move suddenly, energetically, or violently)

bounce; bound; rebound; recoil; resile; reverberate; ricochet; spring; take a hop (spring back; spring away from an impact)

pronk (jump straight up)

hop (make a jump forward or upward)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The horses leap across the field

Also:

leap out (be highly noticeable)


Sense 2leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

leap; jump

Context examples:

leap into fame / jump to a conclusion / jump from one thing to another

Hypernyms (to "leap" is one way to...):

change; shift; switch (lay aside, abandon, or leave for another)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Jump down from an elevated point

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

jump off; leap; jump

Context examples:

the parachutist didn't want to jump / every year, hundreds of people jump off the Golden Gate bridge / the widow leapt into the funeral pyre

Hypernyms (to "leap" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 4leap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to jump or leap

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

leap; jump

Context example:

the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop

Cause:

bound; jump; leap; spring (move forward by leaps and bounds)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

The men leap the horses across the field


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