\ 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 Over six months, Sebastián and his mother, Jessika Loaiza, traveled more than 1,500 miles, nearly all of it on foot — first from Colombia to Venezuela, and then, unable to find a safe harbor, to Colombia again. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, "A Mother, Her Son — and Their 1,500-Mile Search for Home," 27 Nov. 2020 San Pedro offers plenty of places to explore on foot without encountering too many people. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, "Thankful for the beauty of Southern California? Here are ways to enjoy it safely," 26 Nov. 2020 The victim said three suspects with guns entered the store and stole cash from the registers before fleeing on foot. cleveland, "Shell robbed at gunpoint by three suspects: South Euclid Police Blotter," 26 Nov. 2020 Wilson fled on foot, according to police, but he was taken into custody with the help of a police dog. oregonlive, "Man arrested after threatening garbage truck driver with gun in SE Portland, police say," 24 Nov. 2020 The suspect left on foot and returned some hours later for the car. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Man charged with murder, robbery in Oct. 11 Sara Blackwood shooting," 23 Nov. 2020 Police attempted to stop the van on Highway 101 in the Bayview, then chased it into a public housing complex, where O’Neil fled on foot. Rachel Swan,, "In a first for San Francisco, DA Chesa Boudin will charge police officer who shot Keita O’Neil with homicide," 23 Nov. 2020 Police said a gunman approached on foot and opened fire. Deanese Williams-harris,, "2 people shot dead while driving, at least 16 wounded in city shootings since Friday afternoon," 21 Nov. 2020 Day fled on foot and collapsed on a piece of grass behind a nearby gas station. Emily Hopkins, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Amy Coney Barrett ruled that police did not knowingly violate Black teen's rights," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Under the new agreement, companies must foot the bill for the measures, test workers every two weeks and share those plans... Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Walmart, Grocers Can Avoid New Mexico Shutdowns With Covid-19 Testing," 25 Nov. 2020 On the other hand, smaller cities that also rely on contaminated rivers and lakes might not be able to foot the bill for similar controls. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "'Will we have water when we need it?': How Indiana utilities are preparing for climate change," 24 Nov. 2020 WRN Partners is concerned that RGN will do the same, forcing the owners to foot the bill for renovations that would make the office space unattractive to other possible tenants and lose money if RGN filed for bankruptcy. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Owners of Western Reserve Building in Warehouse District want Cleveland tax incentives for renovations," 23 Nov. 2020 If his campaign presses for one as expected, local counties would be forced to foot the bill. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Georgia GOP risks alienating crucial Senate voters if it doesn't cut cord with Trump," 21 Nov. 2020 For such an idea to work, the government or a private company would likely need to help foot the bill, because mass production would cost billions of dollars but may not be lucrative in terms of profits. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "There is a path out of America’s COVID-19 mess—if we choose to take it," 27 Aug. 2020 In some cases, the state will foot the bill if the outcome is exceptionally close. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Trump wants a recount in Wisconsin. How would that work?," 5 Nov. 2020 It has been designed similarly to the daytime cruise events, which the zoo started doing when it was closed to foot traffic due to COVID-19. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, "'New hopes, new excitement': Phoenix ZooLights 2020 offers 2 ways to enjoy the holiday show," 2 Nov. 2020 Multnomah County’s highest earners will foot the bill for a universal preschool system that prioritizes access for Black, Indigenous and other communities of color, as voters supported the measure. oregonlive, "Universal preschool measure passes, meaning new income tax for Multnomah County’s highest earners," 4 Nov. 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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30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 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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