jump ( jumps plural & 3rd person present) ( jumping present participle) ( jumped past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you jump, you bend your knees, push against the ground with your feet, and move quickly upwards into the air.
I jumped over the fence... V prep/adv
I'd jumped seventeen feet six in the long jump, which was a school record... V n
Whoever heard of a basketball player who doesn't need to jump? V
Jump is also a noun., n-count
She was taking tiny jumps in her excitement.
2 verb If you jump from something above the ground, you deliberately push yourself into the air so that you drop towards the ground.
He jumped out of a third-floor window... V prep/adv
I jumped the last six feet down to the deck. V n, Also V
3 verb If you jump something such as a fence, you move quickly up and through the air over or across it.
He jumped the first fence beautifully. V n
4 verb If you jump somewhere, you move there quickly and suddenly.
Adam jumped from his seat at the girl's cry... V prep/adv
5 verb If something makes you jump, it makes you make a sudden movement because you are frightened or surprised.
The phone shrilled, making her jump. V
6 verb If an amount or level jumps, it suddenly increases or rises by a large amount in a short time.
Sales jumped from $94 million to over $101 million... V to/from amount
The number of crimes jumped by ten per cent last year... V by amount
Shares in Euro Disney jumped 17p. V amount
Jump is also a noun., n-count with supp, usu N in n
...a big jump in energy conservation.
7 verb If someone jumps a queue, they move to the front of it and are served or dealt with before it is their turn.
The prince refused to jump the queue for treatment at the local hospital. V n
8 verb If you jump at an offer or opportunity, you accept it quickly and eagerly.
Members of the public would jump at the chance to become part owners of the corporation. V at n
9 verb If someone jumps on you, they quickly criticize you if you do something that they do not approve of.
A lot of people jumped on me about that, you know. V on n
11 If you get a jump on something or someone or get the jump on them, you gain an advantage over them.
get a jump on/get the jump on phrase V inflects, PHR n
Helicopters helped fire crews get a jump on the blaze...
to jump on the bandwagon →
to jump bail →
to jump to a conclusion →
to jump the gun →
to jump for joy →
joy jump in phrasal verb If you jump in, you act quickly, often without thinking much about what you are doing. The Government had to jump in and purchase millions of dollars worth of supplies. V P jump out phrasal verb If you say that something jumps outat you, you mean that it is easy to notice it because it is different from other things of its type. A phrase jumped out at me in a piece about copyright. V P at n, Also V P
Thehigh jump is an athletics event which involves jumping over a raised bar. n-sing usu the N
jump jet ( jump jets plural ) A jump jet is a jet aircraft that can take off and land vertically. n-count
jump jockey ( jump jockeys plural ) A jump jockey is someone who rides horses in races such as steeplechases, where the horses have to jump over obstacles. n-count
Jump leads are two thick wires that can be used to start a car when its battery does not have enough power. The jump leads are used to connect the battery to the battery of another car that is working properly.
in AM, use jumper cables
jump rope ( jump ropes plural ) A jump rope is a piece of rope, usually with handles at each end. You exercise with it by turning it round and round and jumping over it.
in BRIT, use skipping rope
jump-start ( jump-starts plural & 3rd person present) ( jump-starting present participle) ( jump-started past tense & past participle ) , jump start
1 verb To jump-start a vehicle which has a flat battery means to make the engine start by getting power from the battery of another vehicle, using special cables called jump leads.
He was huddled with John trying to jump-start his car. V n
Jump-start is also a noun., n-count
I drove out to give him a jump start because his battery was dead.
2 verb To jump-start a system or process that has stopped working or progressing means to do something that will make it start working quickly or effectively.
The EU is trying to jump start the peace process. V n
Jump-start is also a noun., n-count usu sing
...attempts to give the industry a jump-start.
The long jump is an athletics contest which involves jumping as far as you can from a marker which you run up to. n-sing the N
ski jump ( ski jumps plural ) A ski jump is a specially-built steep slope covered in snow whose lower end curves upwards. People ski down it and go into the air at the end. n-count
Thetriple jump is an athletic event in which competitors have to jump as far as they can, and are allowed to touch the ground once with each foot in the course of the jump. n-sing usu the N
water jump ( water jumps plural ) A water jump is a fence with a pool of water on the far side of it, which people or horses jump over as part of a race or competition. n-count