\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Soon the street leading to the Fair Grounds was thronged with an eager multitude, in carriages, on horseback, and on foot, pressing towards the scene of the day’s diversion. Mary Ann Ashcraft, Baltimore Sun, 30 July 2022 The police chased him on foot, and at least one officer fired and wounded the suspect in the area of Third and Madison streets, Sternbeck said. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The woman fled the restaurant on foot and called 911 from a nearby business. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 29 July 2022 Police were called to The Lux apartment complex at 9:30 p.m. on July 15, where the property manager was arguing with a Pepper Pike man, 39, possibly intoxicated, who was cutting through the complex on foot to get home. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 29 July 2022 Grab your emergency kit and head to higher ground on foot before high water hits your doorstep. Angela Fritz, CNN, 29 July 2022 But on Thursday, nearly 50 media members credentialed for the tournament — as well as some event officials — would accompany Trump on foot for 18 holes. New York Times, 28 July 2022 The only way to get out of the area on foot involved walking up a big hill, something Donahoo — cold and wet at that point — knew would be impossible on one leg. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 The suspect was believed to have fled the area on foot. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lanterns and signs warned motorists to drive straight through, and train passengers who stepped foot onto the platform were forced to quarantine for up to five days or risk jail time. Laura Yale, Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2020 At least three people said their vehicles were hit by El Cajon police last year, driving up costs for taxpayers who ultimately have to foot medical and repair bills. Blake Nelsonstaff Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Corporations to foot the bill: A landmark law in California requires plastic makers to pay for recycling and work to reduce or eliminate the manufacturing of single-use packaging. New York Times, 5 July 2022 The government will foot the bill for half of the venue’s operating expenses; ticket sales will cover the rest. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 30 June 2022 Her office conducts all of the training, but districts must foot the cost for coordinators to attend. al, 29 June 2022 More than 30,000 unique listings across the world were added to Airbnb in 2021, yet the demand for crazy living spaces is so insatiable that the company wants to foot the bill to build more of them. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Gait, or the way a person walks, is paramount to foot health, which can have a ripple effect on the body. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The company has already lost $660 million developing the two 747 jets for the fleet following a 2018 deal Trump made with the company that makes Boeing foot the bill for all cost changes in the development process. Sara Cook, Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 10 June 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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