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Definition 1: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap is a kind of ...) the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground

"he advanced in a series of jumps" "the jumping was unexpected"

(... is a kind of leap ) a playful leap or hop

(... is a kind of leap ) the act of pouncing

Definition 2: the distance leaped (or to be leaped) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a leap of 10 feet

(leap is a kind of ...) the property created by the space between two objects or points

(... is a kind of leap ) (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump

"a dancer of exceptional elevation"

Definition 3: an abrupt transition - [noun denoting event]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a successful leap from college to the major leagues

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap is a kind of ...) a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another

(... is a kind of leap ) (physics) an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum

Definition 4: a sudden and decisive increase - [noun denoting event]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a jump in attendance

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap is a kind of ...) a change resulting in an increase

"the increase is scheduled for next month"

(... is a kind of leap ) a sudden large increase or advance

"this may not insure success but it will represent a quantum leap from last summer"

Definition 5: pass abruptly from one state or topic to another - [verb of change]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • leap into fame
  • jump to a conclusion
  • jump from one thing to another

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap is a kind of ...) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

"switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"

Definition 6: move forward by leaps and bounds - [verb of motion]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The horse bounded across the meadow
  • The child leapt across the puddle
  • Can you jump over the fence?

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of leap ) jump about playfully

(... is a kind of leap ) jump lightly

(... is a kind of leap ) perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse

(... is a kind of leap ) jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

(... is a kind of leap ) jump across

"He leapfrogged his classmates"

(... is a kind of leap ) bound vigorously

(... is a kind of leap ) leap or skip, often in dancing

"These fish swim with a saltating motion"

(... is a kind of leap ) jump on skis

(... is a kind of leap ) move around heavily and clumsily

"the giant tortoises galumphed around in their pen"

(... is a kind of leap ) perform a capriole, of horses in dressage

(... is a kind of leap ) leap suddenly

"He bounced to his feet"

(... is a kind of leap ) move suddenly, energetically, or violently

"He burst out of the house into the cool night"

(... is a kind of leap ) spring back; spring away from an impact

"The rubber ball bounced" "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

(... is a kind of leap ) jump straight up

"kangaroos pronk"

(... is a kind of leap ) make a jump forward or upward

Definition 7: cause to jump or leap - [verb of motion]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the trainer jumped the tiger through the hoop

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap causes ...) move forward by leaps and bounds

"The horse bounded across the meadow" "The child leapt across the puddle" "Can you jump over the fence?"

Definition 8: jump down from an elevated point - [verb of motion]

Samples where leap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the parachutist didn't want to jump
  • every year, hundreds of people jump off the Golden Gate bridge
  • the widow leapt into the funeral pyre

Synonyms for leap in the sense of this definition

(leap is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

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