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English definition of “jump”

jump

verb  /dʒʌmp/ us  

jump verb (RAISE UP SUDDENLY)

[I/T] to push yourself off the ground and into the air using your legs and feet: [I] The kids were jumping up and down with excitement. [I] The cats jumped up onto the table. [I/T] To jump sometimes means to lift yourself off the ground in order to go over something: [T] Can you jump this fence?

jump verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move suddenly or quickly: A man jumped out of the bushes. He jumped to his feet and ran out the door. [I] If a noise or action causes you to jump, your body makes a sudden movement because of surprise or fear: The thunder made us all jump. jumps the light If a car jumps the light, it starts moving past a traffic light while the light is still red.

jump verb (OMIT STAGES)

[I/T] to move up or go across suddenly from one point or stage to another without stopping at the stages in between: [I always + adv/prep] Her book jumped from fifth place to first place on the best-seller list. [T] The forest fire jumped the road and spread to the other side. jump to conclusions If you jump to conclusions, you judge a situation quickly and emotionally without having all the facts: It’s not fair to jump to conclusions about a whole group of people based on one incident.

jump verb (INCREASE)

[I] to increase suddenly by a large amount: Home prices in the area have jumped to an all-time high.

jump verb (ATTACK)

[T] infml to attack suddenly: He was jumped and robbed by two guys on his way home from work.
Phrasal verbs

jump

noun [C]  /dʒʌmp/ us  

jump noun [C] (RAISING UP SUDDENLY)

a push into the air from a surface, like the ground or ice, using your legs and feet: The skater’s jump was high but not graceful.

jump noun [C] (OMITTING STAGES)

a move from one point or stage to another without stopping at the stages in between: He made a big jump from general manager to president of the company.
(Definition of jump from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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