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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Synonyms for footstep


footmark, footprint, step, trace, vestige

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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.

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Archie is following in his older cousins’ royal footsteps. Stephanie Petit,, "Royal Hand-Me-Down! Archie Will Wear Same Christening Robe as Cousins George, Charlotte and Louis," 5 July 2019 But alas, he’s still being forced to follow in his mentor’s footsteps. Chancellor Agard,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019 Kandra is following the footsteps of 2004 Elder grad Eric Wood, who went to Louisville before a nine-year career at center for the Buffalo Bills. Shelby Dermer,, "Here's why Elder Panthers class of 2020 OL Luke Kandra committed to Louisville Cardinals," 20 June 2019 The next day, Kanchha followed in Hillary and Norgay’s footsteps to the South Col and deposited his 50-plus-pound load of equipment on the windswept pass. Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic, "He’s the last surviving member of the first expedition to summit Everest," 17 June 2019 Orser, 41, and about 200 other participants followed the footsteps of the 24,000 Allied paratroopers who landed on D-Day, June 6, 1944., "Oregon smokejumper takes part in D-Day re-creation, wearing survivor’s patches," 6 June 2019 Fox skipped following in her mother’s footsteps with the pageant route, but held her own in modeling and theater., "68 years ago, Miss America refused to take swimsuit photos. Now her daughter is judging Miss Alabama," 6 June 2019 Alba Berlin, the team that developed both him and Moritz, desperately wanted to keep Wagner from following his brother's footsteps and leaving Germany to play collegiately in the United States. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan rallied to save Franz Wagner's recruitment, after John Beilein left," 22 May 2019 Jack, 21, who has followed his dad's footsteps into the entertainment industry and become a professional wrestler, uploaded a photo of himself alone in the ring before an adoring crowd. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of footstep

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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.
3 : footprint
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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