What Is The Past Tense Of Leap? Leapt Or Leaped?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Leap?

The past tense of “leap” is “leaped” or “leapt.” In American English, “leaped” is more common, while “leapt” is often used in British English. Both of them are considered acceptable and correct forms.

You can check out the below table to learn more about other verb forms of leap:

Base Form/Infinitive Form (V1) leap
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form leaps
Past Simple Tense Form (V2) leapt/ leaped
Past Participle Form (V3) leapt/ leaped
Present Participle/Gerund leaping

How To Pronounce “Leapt” And “Leaped” Correctly? 

“Leapt” is pronounced as /lept/. The “ea” in “leapt” is pronounced as a short “e” sound.

“Leaped” is pronounced as /liːpt/. The “ea” in “leaped” is pronounced as a long “ee” sound.

You can refer to the table below for more details:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English spelling American English language
leap /liːp/ /liːp/
leapt/ leaped






leapt/ leaped






leaping /ˈliːpɪŋ/ /ˈliːpɪŋ/

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What Are The Definitions Of Leap? How To Use Leapt And Leaped?

You can use the past tense of “leap” to talk about an event or action that happened and was completed in the past.

Below are the meanings of the irregular verb leap:

  • To jump high or a long way

Example 1: Bryan Garner leaped/ leapt over the tall fence and escaped from the pursuing dog.

Example 2: The athletes leaped/ leapt during the long jump competition.

  • To move, progress, or do something quickly/ suddenly

Example 1: When the fire alarm rang, everyone leaped/ leapt out of their seats and rushed towards the exit.

Example 2: The company’s stock price leaped/ leapt after they announced a breakthrough in their new product development.

  • To increase suddenly and by a large amount

Example 1: The sales of the new smartphone model leaped/ leapt by 200% compared to the previous year’s figures.

Example 2: After the heavy rainfall, the river level leaped/ leapt to dangerous levels, causing flooding nearby areas.


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Past Tense Of Leap

Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

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I can see the kids are ______ around joyfully in the playground.

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Last year, the website traffic ____ to an all-time high, bringing in a surge of new customers.

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Every day when the alarm goes off, everyone _____ out of bed and rushes to get ready for work.

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By the time the rescuers arrived, the deer had already ____ over the fence and escaped into the woods.

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The opportunity was too good to pass up, so last month, he ______ at the chance to work on the prestigious project.

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The playful kitten often ____ into the air while chasing after a dangling toy.

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The cat _____ onto the kitchen counter to catch a glimpse of the tasty treat this morning.

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What Are Some Common Idioms Of Leap?

  • Somebody’s heart leaps: to describe the feeling of sudden excitement, joy, or happiness.

Example: When she heard the good news, her heart leaped/ leapt with delight, and she couldn’t stop smiling. (See the past tense of stop here)

  • Leap to conclusions (that): to decide or judge somebody or something too quickly, without knowing all the relevant facts.

Example: Don’t leap to the conclusion that he’s the one who stole your phone. 

What Does “Leap At” Mean?

The phrasal verb “leap at” means eagerly accepting or seizing an opportunity.


  • When Sarah was offered a job promotion, she leaped at the opportunity without hesitation.
  • Many people leaped at the chance to book their dream vacations at a lower cost.

What Are Some Synonyms Of The Verb Leap?

Some common synonyms of the verb “leap” are jump, hop, bound, spring, bounce, pounce, vault, skip, and hurdle. (Click here to learn the past tense of spring)