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English noun: leap

1. leap (act) a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Synonymsbounce, bound, leaping, saltation, spring

Broader (hypernym)jump, jumping

Narrower (hyponym)caper, capriole, pounce

2. leap (event) an abrupt transition

SamplesA successful leap from college to the major leagues.

Synonymsjump, saltation

Broader (hypernym)transition

Narrower (hyponym)quantum jump

3. leap (event) a sudden and decisive increase

SamplesA jump in attendance.


Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)quantum jump, quantum leap

4. leap (attribute) the distance leaped (or to be leaped)

SamplesA leap of 10 feet.

Broader (hypernym)distance

Narrower (hyponym)elevation

English verb: leap

1. leap (motion) move forward by leaps and bounds

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

ExamplesThe horses leap across the field

Synonymsbound, jump, spring

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)bounce, bounce, bound, burst, caper, capriole, curvet, galumph, hop, hop, hop-skip, leapfrog, overleap, pronk, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, saltate, ski jump, skip, spring, take a hop, vault, vault

2. leap (change) pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

SamplesLeap into fame.
Jump to a conclusion.
Jump from one thing to another.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change, shift, switch

3. leap (motion) jump down from an elevated point

SamplesThe parachutist didn't want to jump.
Every year, hundreds of people jump off the Golden Gate bridge.
The widow leapt into the funeral pyre.

Synonymsjump, jump off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

4. leap (motion) cause to jump or leap

SamplesThe trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop.

ExamplesThe men leap the horses across the field


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Causebound, jump, leap, spring

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