foot·​step | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstep How to pronounce footstep (audio) \

Definition of footstep

1 : the mark of the foot : track
2a : tread
b : distance covered by a step : pace
3 : a step on which to ascend or descend
4 : a way of life, conduct, or action followed in his father's footsteps

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Examples of footstep in a Sentence

She slowly took one footstep toward the frightened animal. It's five footsteps from the bedroom to the bathroom.
Recent Examples on the Web The video begins with voiceover testimony from Pastor Dr. Kerwin B. Lee about his children following in his footsteps, as the camera shows the West men boarding an all-terrain vehicle to drive across a snowy field. Marcus Jones,, "Kanye West reconnects with his father in the video for 'Follow God'," 9 Nov. 2019 But with a glut of similar titles following in their footsteps, there have been plenty of disappointments as well. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "The best new board games from the world’s biggest board game show," 3 Nov. 2019 In a recent interview, the iconic supermodel opened up about her decision to let her daughter follow in her footsteps and enter the modeling industry as a teenager. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford Looked Like Twins in Matching Leather Jackets in NYC," 16 Oct. 2019 The neanderthals in the stands on Monday and those who will follow in their footsteps don't warrant the time or energy., "The Only Way to Stamp Out Racism Immediately Is Full Stadium Bans and Competition Expulsions," 16 Oct. 2019 As Olympians in track and field’s most versatile events, the couple know there will be pressure for their child to eventually follow in their footsteps. Alex Castle For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton prepare for parenthood, and perhaps a move back to Oregon," 4 Oct. 2019 Second, the success stories of places like Turkey, Malaysia and Mexico yield lessons that can help other countries follow in their footsteps. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Globalization is narrowing the wealth gap, one nation at a time," 29 Sep. 2019 Tesla’s father was a Serbian Orthodox priest who hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 My legs were disintegrating, but more and more people were following in my footsteps. Ady Barkan, Time, "How My Dying Body Could Help Give Yours a Future," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of footstep

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Dec 2019

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“Footstep.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of footstep

: a movement made by your foot as you walk or run
: the distance covered by a step
: the sound of a foot making a step


foot·​step | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstep How to pronounce footstep (audio) \

Kids Definition of footstep

1 : a step of the foot Don't take another footstep!
2 : the distance covered by a step The bathroom is only a few footsteps away.
4 : the sound of a foot taking a step We heard footsteps.
5 : a way of life or action He followed in his father's footsteps.

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