from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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From Old English oferhleápan


  • “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.


  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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

  • Around this thing, this engine of extortion and oppression, our laws have placed bulwarks which the defrauded laborer, the widow and orphan, and even the sovereign public, cannot overleap.

    Black and White

  • The same, my friend; he does indeed far overleap the heads of all mankind by his invention; for he carried out in practice, as you declare, what of old Hesiod only preached.



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