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verb leap pronunciation in British English /liːp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyleap
he/she/itleaps
present participleleaping
past tenseleaped or leapt
past participleleaped or leapt
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move somewhere suddenly and quickly
    She leapt 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 leapt out of bed.
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  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 leapt into the air with joy.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] to jump over something
      The horse leapt the fence and galloped off down the track.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] to suddenly improve, increase, or progress
    Sales have leapt 43% this quarter.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to suddenly change to another time or situation, for example in a film
    The action then leaps forward to 1989, when Rose is an elderly woman.
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