Public Services and Procurement Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Institutional Links


Important notice

Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

leap, leaped, leapt

The past tense of leap is leaped (pronounced leepd) or leapt (pronounced lept).

The verb is often followed by prepositions such as at, down, from, into, on, onto, out of, over, toward, up, and upon.

  • Holger leapt at the chance to show off his wit.
  • The lion leaped from his hiding place upon his prey.
  • The cat leapt onto the windowsill to stare at the chickadees perched on the feeder.
  • The startled frog leaped out of the water, as the children leaped into the pond.
  • The toddler leapt up and down, delighted at the sight of her new puppy.