Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To leap across or over.
  • transitive verb To defeat (oneself or one's purpose) by going too far.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To leap over; overstep or go beyond; pass over or move from side to side of by leaping, literally or figuratively; hence, to omit; pass over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To leap over or across; hence, to omit; to ignore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To leap over, to jump over, to cross by jumping.
  • verb idiomatic To omit
  • verb idiomatic To ignore

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb leave undone or leave out
  • verb defeat (oneself) by going too far
  • verb jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English oferhleápan

Examples

  • “So perish whoever else shall overleap my battlements,” he cried, according to Livy.111 It is an old story—and a new story, as Mumford indicates.

    Bloodlust

  • “So perish whoever else shall overleap my battlements,” he cried, according to Livy.111 It is an old story—and a new story, as Mumford indicates.

    Bloodlust

  • Both show how women can overleap the traditional bonds imposed on them.

    Alicia Suskin Ostriker.

  • In this way, the U.S. can overleap the entrenched inequalities and make use of preexisting intellectual and social capital.

    Conservative blogs--military intervention needed?

  • In this way, the U.S. can overleap the entrenched inequalities and make use of preexisting intellectual and social capital.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • It was painfully clear that he must do something without further delay, must either conquer want or overleap it.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • The phenomena of which Psychology treats are familiar to us, but they are for the most part indefinite; they relate to a something inside the body, which seems also to overleap the limits of space.

    Theaetetus

  • Here the lovers raised barriers between themselves and social intercourse, barriers which no creature could overleap, and here the happy days of Switzerland were lived over again.

    The Deserted Woman

  • Those occasions are kept with some marks of distinction, but they rarely overleap the bounds of happy returns and a pudding.

    Bleak House

  • Paris, besides, is the capital of the intellectual world, the stage on which you will succeed; overleap the gulf that separates us quickly.

    Two Poets

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