/lip/v[I/T](past tense and past participleleaped/lipt/, /lept/ or leapt/lept/)
›to make a large jump or sudden movement, or to jump over something: [I]He leaps to his feet when the phone rings.[I]Flames were leaping into the sky.[T]The dog leaped the fence.[I]fig. Americans want change, but they don’t want to leap into the unknown (= move quickly into unknown situations).›If your heart leaps, you have a sudden, strong feeling of pleasure or fear: [I]My heart leaps when I hear his voice.