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leapverb [I/T]

 us   /lip/ (past tense and past participle leaped  /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.
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leapnoun [C]

 us   /lip/
a large jump
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leapverb [I + adv/prep]

uk   /liːp/  us   /liːp/ (leaped or leapt, leaped or leapt)
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.

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leapnoun [C]

uk   /liːp/  us   /liːp/
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leapverb [I]

uk   us   /liːp/ (leapt or leaped /lept/ , leapt or leaped /lept/ )
to increase, improve, or grow very quickly: exports/prices/profits leap Property prices have leapt over 30% in the past year.leap (to sth) The company's shares leapt 17.5p to 210p.

leapnoun [C]

uk   us   /liːp/
a big change, increase, or improvement: a leap in costs/profits/sales The software designer should report a near 40% leap in profits to around £124m.a leap forward for sb/sth This launch represents a great leap forward for the company.a 20%/40%/75%, etc. leap The health insurance giant reported a 20% leap in pre-tax profits for the year.
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