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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Queen Elizabeth had home births for all four of her children, and it was previously thought that Meghan might follow in her footsteps. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first baby is finally here. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Birth in Hospital, Despite Home Birth Rumors," 7 May 2019 Following in her footsteps, in 1978 almost 80 women artists exhibited their works at the Venice Biennale for the first time, claiming their space in a place traditionally very difficult for women to conquer. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In Milan, A New Exhibition Celebrates Italian Feminist Artists of the 1970s," 5 Apr. 2019 Just who follows in the footsteps of these diverse talents will be announced in the near future. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Schiaparelli’s Bertrand Guyon Is Out After Nearly Four Years," 19 Apr. 2019 Russia Cyclocopter Redux The Advanced Research Foundation is proud to be following in the footsteps of Sverchkov, a Russian pioneer—but they are motivated by more than patriotism. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 Berry has followed in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, who unveiled her own spine tattoo last week in tribute to her latest movie, A Star Is Born. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Halle Berry Just Unveiled the Most Enormous Tattoo Right Down Her Back," 5 Mar. 2019 Celebrity kids have been known to follow in the footsteps of their famous parents and enter the acting world. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's 21-Year-Old Son Is Now a Professional Wrestler," 28 Feb. 2019 Further clouding the outlook, General Motors recently stopped providing monthly sales updates, following in the footsteps of retailers that have mostly abandoned the practice in recent years. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Economic Growth Just Got Malled," 14 Feb. 2019 Zach's younger brother, Seth, who just finished his sophomore season at Moeller, will follow his brother's footsteps and attend UK to pitch. Scott Springer,, "Former Moeller, UK lefthander Zach Logue battles for the Blue Jays in Florida," 20 June 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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