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verb American English pronunciation: jump /dʒʌmp/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyjump
he/she/itjumps
present participlejumping
past tensejumped
past participlejumped
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move your body off the ground using your legs

    You'll have to jump if you want to catch it.

    jump about/around:

    I had to jump around a bit to get warm.

    jump up:

    The cat jumped up onto my lap.

    jump up and down:

    The children were all jumping up and down and cheering.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to move your body over something by pushing yourself off the ground using your legs

      Tanya jumped the fence and walked across the field.

      jump over:

      I jumped over the wall.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to push yourself, or to let yourself drop, from a place that is a short distance above the ground
      jump down:

      Don't jump down the stairs!

      jump from/off:

      He jumped from his horse.

    3. c.
      [intransitive] to push yourself, or to let yourself drop, from a very high place
      jump from/out of/off:

      They jump from the airplane at about eight thousand feet.

      I grabbed my son and jumped out of the window.

      Some students were jumping off the bridge.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move somewhere very suddenly
    jump into/onto/to:

    Ella jumped into the car and drove off quickly.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to increase or improve suddenly by a large amount

    Profits jumped by 15% last year.

    Williams jumped from 39th to 5th in the world rankings.

  4. 5
    [intransitive] to move quickly from one idea to another, in a way that is confusing or wrong
    jump from/to/back:

    The conversation suddenly jumped back to what had happened yesterday.

    jump to conclusions (=make a decision too quickly without knowing all the facts):

    We shouldn't jump to conclusions about the cause of the problem.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to move from one part of something to another part and miss something
      jump to:

      Let's now jump to page 10.

  5. 6
    [intransitive] informal to immediately do what someone tells you to do although you do not want to do it

    He gives the orders and I'm expected to jump.

  6. 7

    jump

    or

    jump on

    [transitive] informal to attack someone physically

    He was jumped by a gang of teenagers.

  7. 8
    [intransitive] to work in a way that is not continuous or smooth

    The screen (=the images on the screen) on this computer keeps jumping.

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