\ ə-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce afoot (audio) \

Definition of afoot

1 : on foot
2 : in the process of development : underway a plan is afoot to build a new school

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Synonyms & Antonyms for afoot


ongoing, proceeding


arrested, ended, halted, stalled, stopped

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In hindsight, Facebook had quietly signaled that unification was afoot more than a year ago. New York Times, "How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power," 12 Aug. 2019 Consolidation has been afoot more broadly in media. Joe Flint, WSJ, "AT&T-Time Warner Deal, an Early Trump Target, Reaches Advanced Stage," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of afoot

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afoot

Middle English afoten, afote, from a- a- entry 1 + foten, dative plural & fote, dative singular of fot foot entry 1

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The first known use of afoot was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of afoot

: developing or happening now : in progress
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Kids Definition of afoot

1 : on foot traveled afoot
2 : happening now : going on We sensed that there was trouble afoot.

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readily or continually undergoing change

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