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verb [intransitive] hop pronunciation in British English /hɒp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehopping
past tensehopped
past participlehopped
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  1. 1
    to move forward by jumping on one foot
    The little girl was hopping along next to her mother.
    1. b.
      to jump up or move somewhere quickly
      He hopped over the puddle.
  2. 2
    informal to get into, onto, or out of a vehicle quickly, usually to go a short distance
    hop in/on/out: Hop in. I’ll give you a lift into town.
    1. a.
      to get on a plane, train etc and travel somewhere
      So we hopped on a plane to Boston for the meeting.
  3. 3
    to move from one thing to another in a way that is not planned
    Workers are hopping from job to job as never before.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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