jump1 S2 W3
to push yourself up into the air, or over or away from something etc using your legs:
How high can you jump?
jump over/across/onto etc something
He jumped over the wall and ran off.
Fans were jumping up and down (=jumping repeatedly) and cheering.
jump clear (of something) (=jump out of danger)
We managed to jump clear of the car before it hit the wall.
to go over or across something by jumping:
He jumped the gate, landing on the concrete.
to let yourself drop from a place that is above the ground:
The cats jumped down and came to meet us.
jump from/out of/onto etc something
Three people saved themselves by jumping from the window.
to move quickly or suddenly in a particular direction [= leap]
move fast[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to make a quick sudden movement because you are surprised or frightened:
Marcia jumped. 'What's that noise?'
Sorry, I didn't mean to make you jump (=surprise or frighten you).
Don't shout. I nearly jumped out of my skin (=was very shocked or frightened)!
to increase or improve suddenly and by a large amount
jump (from ...) to something! Do not say that an amount, level, price etc 'jumps up'. Say it jumps.
Profits jumped to £2.6 million last year.
Norway jumped from ninth to third place.
to change quickly and often from one idea, place, position etc to another - used to show disapproval
keep changing[intransitive and transitive]
jump from something to something
Cathy kept jumping from one topic to another.
jump about/around (something)
I've been jumping about the file instead of working straight through it.
to move suddenly to a further part of a book, discussion, leaving out the part in between:
miss a stage[intransitive and transitive]
I'm afraid I jumped a couple of chapters.
if a machine or piece of equipment jumps, it moves suddenly because something is wrong with it:
Why does the video keep jumping like this?
to attack someone suddenly:
Somebody jumped him in the park last night.
to form an opinion about something before you have all the facts:
There may be a simple explanation. Let's not jump to conclusions.
to start doing something too soon, especially without thinking about it carefully
to be extremely happy and pleased
to suddenly speak angrily to someone
14 British English
to go in front of others who are already waiting in a line - used to show disapproval ➔ queue-jumping
to do a series of things that are difficult or annoying, but that are necessary in order to achieve something:
We had to jump through hoops to get our visas in time.
to leave an organization that you are working for, especially in order to join another:
The best employees jumped ship at the first opportunity.
to leave a ship on which you are working as a sailor, without permission
to leave a town, city, or country where a court of law has ordered you to stay until your trial1 (1)
used to order someone to do something immediately
used to rudely tell someone to go away
20 British English jump the tracks American English
if a train jumps the rails, it suddenly goes off the metal tracks it is moving along
22 especially American EnglishTTT
to travel on a train, especially a freight train, without paying
to jump-start a car
car[transitive] American EnglishTTC
to have sex with someone
sex[transitive] spoken not polite
jump at somethingphrasal verb
I jumped at the chance of a trip to Hong Kong.
jump inphrasal verb
Lena quickly jumped in with a diverting remark.
jump on somebodyphrasal verb
jump on somebody for
He used to jump on me for every little mistake.
jump out at somebodyphrasal verb
I don't like jewellery that jumps out at you.