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verb leap pronunciation in American English /lip/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleleaping
past tenseleaped or leapt
past participleleaped or leapt
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move somewhere suddenly and quickly

    She leaped to her feet (=suddenly stood up) when she saw me.

    leap into/out of/from something:

    The suspect was seen leaping into a car and speeding off.

    He leaped out of bed.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to jump into the air or over a long distance

    People were forced to leap to safety from the burning building.

    leap into/from/onto:

    She leaped into the air with joy.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to jump over something

      The horse leapt the fence and galloped off down the track.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to suddenly change to another time or situation, for example in a movie

    The action then leaps forward to 1989, when Rose is an elderly woman.



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