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

base, basement, bottom, nadir, rock bottom

Synonyms: Verb

ante (up), balance, clear, discharge, liquidate, meet, pay, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, settle, spring (for), stand

Antonyms: Noun

head, top, vertex

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of foot in a Sentence


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


I'll foot the bill for dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The force from the blow knocked Justice off his feet and backward, with his back and shoulders delivering a similar blow to his barely trailing teammate. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 70, George Wilson," 28 June 2019 Summer in Camden and Boothbay Harbor: Lots of foot and car traffic, plus lobster souvenirs Crisp, bluebird days so refreshing there’s no need for air-conditioning. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "For a real taste of Midcoast Maine as it was — and should be — head to Damariscotta," 27 June 2019 Toronto Downsview Park Starting at 4 p.m., there are a bunch of free activities for kids, live entertainment, a feet of food trucks, and more. Kate Kelleher,, "These Are The Best Canada Day Fireworks Across The Country," 25 June 2019 The Spain defender trying to stay with Heath stepped on her foot and the referee awarded a penalty kick. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT sneaks by Spain 2-1 in gritty World Cup match, advances to quarterfinals," 25 June 2019 Decorate a patriotic dinghy 12 feet and under and enter the parade. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "4th of July fireworks, parades to take off in North County," 25 June 2019 Still, townspeople throughout Mexico provided shelter, food, clothing and shelter for some 6,000 migrants traveling by foot and hitching rides last fall and winter. Dudley Althaus,, "Migration slows in Mexico. But will it last?," 23 June 2019 At the center of Toy Story 4 is Forky (Tony Hale), a spork pulled from the trash and given life by 5-year old Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw), who glues googly eyes to its face, attaches popsicle stick feet and pipe cleaner arms. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Evokes the Journey of the Western Hero," 22 June 2019 The indictments showed that Conley threatened to dismember her feet and hands. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kidnapping suspect arrested in Kentucky on the run from FBI after cutting off GPS monitor," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The president wished the wounded a speedy recovery and announced his government would foot the hospital bill for those injured. Stephanie Busari And Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Madagascar stadium stampede kills 16 during celebrations," 27 June 2019 The officials expressed skepticism that the Arab countries would foot the bill and noted that the plan sidestepped the difficult political issues. Mark Landler, New York Times, "White House Unveils Economic Portion of Middle East Peace Plan," 22 June 2019 Palm Beach County taxpayers likely won’t be footing the bill for $500,000 in government incentives promised to struggling office supplies retailer Office Depot for new jobs and staying in the county. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Office Depot asks to dump county’s $500,000 incentives contract to create jobs," 3 June 2019 Without adequate oversight, officials fill their pockets, and citizens foot the bill. Jonathan Hillman, Twin Cities, "Jonathan Hillman: Five myths about China’s Belt and Road Initiative," 3 June 2019 Of course, not everyone has family members who can devote several weeks to chaperoning young models or foot the bill for international travel to accompany them backstage. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Europe, the Model Age Debate Rages On," 12 Apr. 2019 As long as the Americans are footing the bill, the contractors just subcontract the project to a lesser contractor, pocketing millions, and that subcontractor does the same thing to another subcontractor. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 Jan. 2019 Both Smith and Laing are at least partly driven by the challenge of making the usually slow-footed form of the novel keep pace with contemporary life. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 Police were caught flat-footed, and there were injuries, extensive property damage and numerous arrests. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "After May Day march in Seattle, will protesters indulge in mayhem or ‘peace joints’?," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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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 feet (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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