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leap (v.)

c. 1200, from Old English hleapan "to jump, spring clear of the ground by force of an initial bound; run, go; dance, leap upon (a horse)" (class VII strong verb; past tense hleop, past participle hleapen), from Proto-Germanic *hlaupanan (source also of Old Saxon hlopan, Old Norse hlaupa, Old Frisian hlapa, Dutch lopen, Old High German hlouffan, German laufen "to run," Gothic us-hlaupan "to jump up"), of uncertain origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic; perhaps a substratum word.

First loke and aftirward lepe [proverb recorded from mid-15c.]

Transitive sense "pass over by leaping" is from early 15c. Leap-frog, the children's game, is attested by that name from 1590s ("Henry V"); figurative use by 1704; as a verb from 1872. To leap tall buildings in a single bound (1940s) is from the description of Superman's powers. Related: Leaped; leaping.

leap (n.)

c. 1200, "the act or an act of leaping," from Old English hliep, hlyp (West Saxon), *hlep (Mercian, Northumbrian) "a leap, a bound, a spring; sudden movement; thing to leap from;" from Proto-Germanic *hlaupan (cognates: Old Frisian hlep, Dutch loop, Old High German hlouf, German lauf); from the root of leap (v.). Leaps has been paired with bounds at least since 1720.

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Definitions of leap
1
leap (v.)
move forward by leaps and bounds;
The child leapt across the puddle
Synonyms: jump / bound / spring
leap (v.)
pass abruptly from one state or topic to another;
leap into fame
Synonyms: jump
leap (v.)
jump down from an elevated point;
the widow leapt into the funeral pyre
Synonyms: jump / jump off
leap (v.)
cause to jump or leap;
Synonyms: jump
2
leap (n.)
a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards;
Synonyms: leaping / spring / saltation / bound / bounce
leap (n.)
an abrupt transition;
a successful leap from college to the major leagues
Synonyms: jump / saltation
leap (n.)
a sudden and decisive increase;
Synonyms: jump
leap (n.)
the distance leaped (or to be leaped);
a leap of 10 feet
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