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\ 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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Examples of afoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Camps are regimented with multiple counting of inmates each day, security rounds to assure there are no misdeed afoot (drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, talking on cell phones ... Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Below, our favorite pairs of the most delightful shoe trend afoot. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 But there were occasional contrasts afoot, as when a brass choir got all stately and academic when the headmaster, Dumbledore, offered wisdom or the plucky pizzicatos became light-hearted when reporter Rita Skeeter appeared. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, 25 Oct. 2019 Even Jean’s family and activists had been on guard for character attacks, at one point fuming that a smear campaign was afoot after police revealed early in the investigation that marijuana had been found in Jean’s apartment. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019 In hindsight, Facebook had quietly signaled that unification was afoot more than a year ago. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2019 Consolidation has been afoot more broadly in media. Joe Flint, WSJ, 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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“Afoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of afoot

: developing or happening now : in progress


adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈfu̇t How to pronounce afoot (audio) \

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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