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Old English hlēapan, from Proto-Germanic *xlaupan. Cognate with Dutch lopen, German laufen (run), Old Norse hlaupa (whence Danish løbe, English lope, Swedish löpa).


  • Rhymes: -iːp



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to Leap

Third person singular

Simple past
leaped, leapt, or rarely lope

Past participle
leaped, leapt, or rarely lopen

Present participle

to Leap (third-person singular simple present leaps, present participle leaping, simple past leaped, leapt, or rarely lope, past participle leaped, leapt, or rarely lopen)

  1. (intransitive) To jump from one location to another.
    • Template:Circa anonymous, Merlin
      It is grete nede a man to go bak to recouer the better his leep
    • 1600, anonymous, The wisdome of Doctor Dodypoll, act 4
      I, I defie thee: wert not thou next him when he leapt into the Riuer?
    • 1783, Hugh Blair, from the “Illiad” in Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, lecture 4, page 65
      Th’ infernal monarch rear’d his horrid head, Leapt from his throne, lest Neptune’s arm should lay His dark dominions open to the day.
    • 1999, Ai, Vice: New & Selected Poems, page 78
      It is better to leap into the void.

Usage notes[]

The choice between leapt and leaped is mostly a matter of regional differences: leapt is preferred in British English and leaped in American English. According to research by John Algeo (British or American English?, Cambridge, 2006), leapt is used 80% of the time in UK and 32% in the US.


  • (jump from one location to another): bound, hop, jump, spring
  • (jump upwards): bound, hop, jump, spring





Leap ({{{1}}})

  1. The act of leaping or jumping.
  2. The distance traversed by a leap or jump.
  3. (figuratively) A significant move forward.
    • 1969 July 20, Neil Armstrong, as he became the first man to step on the moon
      That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.


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  • Breton: lamm m., sailh m. (1)
  • Bulgarian: скок m. (1)
  • Chinese:
  • Macedonian: скок
  • Slovak: skok
  • Tamil: பாய்ச்சல்

Derived terms[]

  • by leaps and bounds
  • leap day
  • leapfrog
  • leaping lizards
  • leap of faith
  • leaps and bounds
  • leap second
  • leap year
  • look before you leap
  • quantum leap


  • aelp,
  • pale
  • peal
  • plea

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