Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

leap

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] American English pronunciation: leap /lip/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularleap
pluralleaps
  1. 1
    a jump, especially one that is long or high

    a record-breaking leap of 2.04 meters

    a flying leap (=high into the air):

    The angry monkey crossed the cage with a flying leap.

  2. 2
    a sudden increase or improvement
    leap in:

    a huge leap in the price of gasoline

  3. 3
    a big change in the way that you think or in what you do

    Moving to a place where I knew no one was a big leap for me.

    Most publishing companies have made the leap into multimedia.

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom gear

the gear that you use for driving a vehicle very slowly

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog