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leap

verb [I + adv/prep] (HAPPEN SUDDENLY)    /liːp/ (leaped or leapt, leaped or leapt)
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
(Definition of leap verb (HAPPEN SUDDENLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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