\ ə-ˈfu̇t \

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

Synonyms

ongoing, proceeding

Antonyms

arrested, ended, halted, stalled, stopped

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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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afoot

adjective

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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