WOTW: leap

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - leap

“Leap” is a verb. It has two similar meanings. Both are about moving. Let’s leap in and have a look.

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The first meaning of the verb “leap” is to jump a long way, a great height or with force.

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+ His heart leapt excitedly when he spotted her.

+ It is spring, and the lambs are leaping in the field.

+ She had to leap from the window to escape the fire.

+ As if he were a spring released, he leapt into the air when he heard the news.

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With an object “leap” means jump over.

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+ You can’t leap the gap if you don’t have enough speed.

+ Is it only superman who can leap tall buildings?!

+ He leapt the fence to escape the dog.

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The second meaning of “leap” is similar, it means to move quickly.

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+ She leapt to her feet at the noise.

+ He was woken by the earthquake and leapt from the bed.

+ Suddenly he leapt forward and hugged her.

+ She leapt into bed and pretended to be asleep.

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There a few other similar meanings of “leap” but a useful one is, increase dramatically or suddenly.

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+ Food prices have leapt in the last few months.

+ Further shortages could cause another leap in prices.

+ The company`s sales leapt dramatically in the second half of the year.

+ Temperatures are expected to leap significantly by the end of the month.

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The pronunciation is /liːp/.

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Note-British people say “leapt” while Americans will say “leaped”.

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This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.

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この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。

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