leap ( leaps plural & 3rd person present) ( leaping present participle) ( leaped past tense) ( leapt past participle )
British English usually uses the form leapt as the past tense and past participle. American English usually uses leaped.
1 verb If you leap, you jump high in the air or jump a long distance.
He had leapt from a window in the building and escaped... V prep/adv
The man threw his arms out as he leapt. V
Leap is also a noun., n-count
Smith took Britain's fifth medal of the championships with a leap of 2.37 metres.
2 verb If you leap somewhere, you move there suddenly and quickly.
The two men leaped into the jeep and roared off... V prep/adv
With a terrible howl, he leapt forward and threw himself into the water. V prep/adv
3 verb If a vehicle leaps somewhere, it moves there in a short sudden movement.
The car leapt forward. V adv/prep
4 n-count A leap is a large and important change, increase, or advance. (JOURNALISM) oft N in n
The result has been a giant leap in productivity., ...the leap in the unemployed from 35,000 to 75,000..., Contemporary art has taken a huge leap forward in the last five or six years.
5 verb If you leapto a particular place or position, you make a large and important change, increase, or advance.
Warwicks leap to third in the table, 31 points behind leaders Essex. V prep
6 verb If you leapat a chance or opportunity, you accept it quickly and eagerly.
The post of principal of the theatre school became vacant and he leapt at the chance. V at n
7 You can use in leaps and bounds or by leaps and bounds to emphasize that someone or something is improving or increasing quickly and greatly.
in leaps and bounds/by leaps and bounds phrase usu PHR after v (emphasis)
He's improved in leaps and bounds this season..., The total number of species on the planet appears to be growing by leaps and bounds.
leap of faith ( leaps of faith plural ) If you take aleap of faith, you do something even though you are not sure it is right or will succeed. n-count a N in sing
Take a leap of faith and trust them.
leap year ( leap years plural ) A leap year is a year which has 366 days. The extra day is the 29th February. There is a leap year every four years. n-count