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verb [intransitive]     hop pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlehopping
past tensehopped
past participlehopped
  1. 1
    to move forward by jumping on one foot

    The little girl was hopping along next to her mother.

    1. a.
      if a bird or animal hops, it uses both or all feet to jump forward
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    2. 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.




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