foot·​step | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstep \

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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Now, her sister Kylie Jenner is following in her footsteps by seeing green, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "First Kendall, Now Kylie: The Jenners’s Obsession With Neon Green Continues," 18 Jan. 2019 Getty ImagesPaul Archuleta Chelsea Clinton is an activist and author, following in the footsteps of her famous parents Hillary and President Bill Clinton. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chelsea Clinton Confirms She's Pregnant With Her Third Child," 23 Jan. 2019 Front and center in the latest Made for Legends campaign shot by Josh Olins, Cruz follows in the footsteps of Adwoa Aboah and Julianne Moore. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Penelope Cruz on Good Jewelry, Bali, and the Importance of Treating Yourself," 15 Jan. 2019 Following in the footsteps of Khloé Kardashian, who also rocked pink hair right before the holidays, Hailey stepped out alongside husband Justin Bieber in Los Angeles on Friday with her brand new look. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Bieber Just Dyed Her Hair Bubblegum Pink, & She Looks Incredible," 12 Jan. 2019 It has been reported the Prince Harry would rather his children did not have royal titles following in the footsteps of Princess Anne’s children Zara and Peter Phillips. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth Will Pass the Torch to Prince Charles and the Rest of the Royal Family in 2019," 5 Jan. 2019 The clip — which follows in the footsteps of the recent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing meme — quickly earned the seal of approval from social media. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Screamed "It's True" After Sandra Oh Mocked Her "A Star Is Born" Meme at Golden Globes 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 This latest version follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, with a roomy interior, durable exterior, and a hard shell in titanium, black, and silver. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "RIMOWA's New Pop-Up Is One More Reason to Visit Aspen This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 Michigan Republicans are currently weighing a similar bill, and both are following in the footsteps of North Carolina Republicans, who passed a power-stripping bill after a Democratic victory in the 2016 governor’s race. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 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 \

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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