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leap

verb [I + adv/prep] uk   /liːp/ (leaped or leapt, leaped or leapt) us  

leap verb [I + adv/prep] (MOVE SUDDENLY)

C2 to make a large jump or sudden movement, usually from one place to another: He leaped out of his car and ran towards the house. I leaped up to answer the phone. The dog leaped over the gate into the field.Making short, sudden movementsJumpingBouncing

leap verb [I + adv/prep] (HAPPEN SUDDENLY)

to provide help, protection, etc. very quickly: He leaped to his friend's defence. Scott leapt to the rescue when he spotted the youngster in difficulty. Mr Davies leapt in to explain.Helping and co-operating to achieve something suddenly, usually fame, power, or importance: He leapt to fame after his appearance in a Broadway play.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling to increase, improve, or grow very quickly: Shares in the company leapt 250 percent.Increasing and intensifying

leap

noun [C] uk   /liːp/ us  

leap noun [C] (SUDDEN CHANGE)

C2 a big change, increase, or improvement: a leap in profits It takes quite a leap of the imagination to believe that it's the same person.Becoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancingChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently

leap noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a large jump or sudden movement: With one leap he crossed the stream.JumpingBouncing
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