\ ˈfu̇t How to pronounce foot (audio) \
plural feet\ ˈfēt How to pronounce foot (audio) \ also foot

Definition of foot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see vertebrate entry 1) leg upon which an individual stands
2 : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment especially : a ventral (see ventral entry 1 sense 1b) muscular surface or process of a mollusk
3 : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot especially : a unit equal to ¹/₃ yard and comprising 12 inches plural foot used between a number and a noun a 10-foot pole plural feet or foot used between a number and an adjective 6 feet tall — see Weights and Measures Table
4 : the basic unit of verse meter consisting of any of various fixed combinations or groups of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables Each line of the poem contains five feet.
5a : motion or power of walking or running : step fleet of foot
b : speed, swiftness showed early foot
6 : something resembling a foot in position or use: such as
a : the lower end of the leg of a chair or table
b(1) : the basal portion of the sporophyte in mosses
(2) : a specialized outgrowth by which the embryonic sporophyte especially of many bryophytes absorbs nourishment from the gametophyte
c : a piece on a sewing machine that presses the cloth against the feed
7 foot plural, chiefly British : infantry
8 : the lower edge (as of a sail)
9 : the lowest part : bottom the foot of the hill
10a : the end that is lower or opposite the head the foot of the bed
b : the part (as of a stocking) that covers the foot
11 foots plural in form but singular or plural in construction : material deposited especially in aging or refining : dregs
12 foots plural : footlights
at one's feet
: under one's spell or influence The champion loved the feeling that the world was at his feet.
foot in the door
: the initial step toward a goal He took a job as a secretary to get his foot in the door.
off one's feet
: in a sitting or lying position The doctor advised her to stay off her feet.
on foot
: by walking or running tour the campus on foot
on one's feet
1 : in a standing position He works on his feet all day.
2 : in an established position or state The business is finally back on its feet.
3 : in a recovered condition (as from illness) back on my feet
4 : in an extemporaneous (see extemporaneous sense 1a) manner : while in action good debaters can think on their feet
to one's feet
: to a standing position brought the crowd to its feet


footed; footing; foots

Definition of foot (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : dance
2 : to go on foot
3 of a sailboat : to make speed : move

transitive verb

1a : to perform the movements of (a dance)
b : to walk, run, or dance on, over, or through
2 archaic
a : kick
b : reject
3 archaic : establish
4a : to add up
b : to pay or stand credit for foot the bill
5 : to make or renew the foot of foot a stocking

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Synonyms & Antonyms for foot

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of foot in a Sentence

Noun He was wearing boots on his feet. tracks made by the feet of a bird The people in the crowd began to stamp their feet. They camped at the foot of the mountain. at the foot of the stairs the foot of the table Verb I'll foot the bill for dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not everyone responds the same way when a veteran puts his foot down and demands accountability and complete participation. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 During a college career hindered by a series of chronic injuries, Flory has had three surgeries on his left foot and one on his right. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 17 July 2021 The actress first opened up about breaking her ankle in an Instagram post last week, showing her right ankle wrapped in bandages with a beige, shearling Birkenstock sandal on her other foot. Ally Mauch,, 16 July 2021 The forward opened the scoring with a lovely bit of individual brilliance, bringing down a long ball forward from Hector Herrera with his chest, then chopping from his left foot to his right to beat his defender. Dallas News, 15 July 2021 The secret lies in its insole, which is cushioned with memory foam to conform to your foot for optimal comfort. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 The tool is pressed into the ground with your foot, then rocked back and forth, opening the soil without disturbing the surface. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Then a pedicurist accidentally reopened the wound on her foot. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 The woman also alleged Brewer took nude photos of her against her will and used a knife to cut her foot, according to the complaint. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Twins themselves will foot the bill for another offseason project: replacing the turf. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Ultimately, taxpayers foot the bill for this vicious cycle. Philip Elliott, Time, 29 June 2021 The first developer seeking to build in an area without adequate infrastructure had to foot the bill for the necessary improvements. James Whitlow,, 18 June 2021 The bottom line, experts say, is a growing bill that – sooner or later – Chinese taxpayers will have to foot. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 May 2021 In high-need cases, the city waives immediate authorization and lets someone into a program, but has to foot the bill. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 That raises questions about whether governments are willing to partially foot the bill as part of the country's broader infrastructure obligations. Eric Bradner, CNN, 28 June 2021 Which begs the question, Who is going to foot the bill? Forbes, 23 June 2021 The previous trans-Atlantic supersonic commercial airliner, the Concorde, which shut down in 2003, had $12,000 tickets and could barely break even after the British and French governments helped foot the development bill. NBC News, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of foot


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for foot

Noun and Verb

Middle English fot, from Old English fōt; akin to Old High German fuot foot, Latin ped-, pes, Greek pod-, pous

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The first known use of foot was before the 12th century

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22 Jul 2021

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“Foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foot

: the part of the leg on which an animal or person stands and moves : the part of the leg below the ankle
: a unit of measurement equal to ¹/₃ yard (0.3048 meter) or 12 inches
: the lowest part of something


\ ˈfu̇t How to pronounce foot (audio) \
plural feet\ ˈfēt \

Kids Definition of foot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the end part of the leg of an animal or person : the part of an animal on which it stands or moves
2 : a unit of length equal to twelve inches (about .3 meter)
3 : the lowest or end part of something foot of a hill foot of the bed
on foot
: by walking They traveled on foot.


footed; footing

Kids Definition of foot (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : pay entry 1 sense 2 I'll foot the bill.


\ ˈfu̇t How to pronounce foot (audio) \
plural feet\ ˈfēt How to pronounce foot (audio) \ also foot

Medical Definition of foot

1 : the terminal part of the vertebrate leg upon which an individual stands
2 : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot especially : a unit equal to ¹/₃ yard or 12 inches or 30.48 centimeters plural foot used between a number and a noun a 10-foot pole plural feet or foot used between a number and an adjective 6 feet tall

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