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jump [1].


Pronunciation: \'j[schwa]mp\




1 : to spring into the air : leap

2 : to pass over or cause to pass over with or as if with a leap <Our dog tried to jump the fence.>

3 : to make a sudden movement <The sudden noise made me jump.>

4 : to make a sudden attack <"Are you trying to make hash out of little Willie with all five of you jumping on him at once?" Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking>

5 : to have or cause a sudden sharp increase <Food prices have jumped.>

6 : to make a hasty judgment <Don't jump to conclusions.>

jump the gun 1 : to start in a race before the starting signal 2 : to do something before the proper time

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