\ 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

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 Senior Asia Economy Reporter Michelle Jamrisko reports on how a government plan to make that a regular occurrence faces pushback from local businesses desperate for foot-traffic again. Lucy Meakin,, "Covid Forced the World to Change in Ways We May Keep," 22 Oct. 2020 That restaurant, next door to the theater, was designed for foot traffic coming in and out of the movies. Austin Fuller,, "Movie theater shutdowns may bring long-term pain to Oviedo Mall, other retail centers," 21 Oct. 2020 The unusually cold fall season is also not helping sales, and foot traffic has been down. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Trick-or-treat: Retailers adjust as pandemic forces mixed bag of Halloween demand," 20 Oct. 2020 At a time when most brick-and-mortar retail is suffering, landlords are grateful for anything that brings in any additional revenue or foot traffic. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Haunted Houses, Bingo Games, Covid-19 Testing. Parking Lots See More Action Than Adjoining Shops.," 20 Oct. 2020 The team behind the community open-air market has mapped out a COVID-19 safety plan for tent set-up and the flow of foot traffic to ensure all vendors and visitors operate at a safe social distance. al, "Birmingham’s Woodlawn Street Market to return, adapted for social distance," 20 Oct. 2020 The Wintermarket, which is in the Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion, will be split in two for incoming and outgoing foot traffic, Wright said. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Winterlights at Newfields 2020: What to know about the holiday lights show in Indianapolis," 20 Oct. 2020 Even before the coronavirus pandemic, these areas did not have much foot traffic. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find It," 20 Oct. 2020 The latter is where foot traffic has slowed the most, but White said the restaurant uses its kitchen space to prepare meals for World Central Kitchen’s emergency food relief efforts, while also getting a break on the rent. Justin Phillips,, "Many of your favorite classic Bay Area restaurants are actually poised to survive the pandemic," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mayor Lenny Curry, himself a Republican, had previously said local taxpayers would not have to foot the bill for the cancellation. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Jacksonville seeking $150K reimbursement from GOP convention committee," 18 Oct. 2020 Before the season, Notre Dame lost wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. to foot surgery, saw another wideout, Braden Lenzy, miss the Duke opener with a hamstring injury, and lost graduate transfer Ben Skowronek with a hamstring issue against Duke. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 4 Notre Dame-Louisville live stream (10/17): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 17 Oct. 2020 The investments have been written off, so the taxpayer has to foot the bill., "Whatever Happened to China’s Giant Piles of Abandoned Bicycles?," 16 Sep. 2020 Generally, last-minute fliers have been business travelers, whose companies foot the bill. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays," 9 Oct. 2020 Often, county boards of elections foot the bill for unpaid postage. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "How much postage do I need to mail my absentee ballot in Southwest Ohio?," 8 Oct. 2020 In the meantime, Ventura worries that foot traffic won’t return to downtown, post-COVID. NBC News, "Misery on Main Street: COVID-19 takes a grim toll on America's small businesses," 23 Sep. 2020 The Ohio Consumers' Counsel, a ratepayer watchdog, wants to make sure utility customers didn't foot the bill. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Did FirstEnergy spend ratepayer money to secure $1.3B bailout? Ohio consumer watchdog wants to know," 9 Sep. 2020 Good luck collecting the money after that, unless the federal government steps in to foot the bill. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The CDC Is Not the Nation’s Housing Regulator," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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