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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After a phone call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in June, Netanyahu announced that Bulgaria was following in the Czech Republic’s footsteps by opening its own honorary consulate in Jerusalem, while keeping its embassy in Tel Aviv. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "More countries following Trump in moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem," 9 July 2018 And whether or not Congress takes action, other states are poised to follow in California’s footsteps, experts said. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Why California could be the bellwether for the privacy movement," 29 June 2018 Trump’s other potential nominees appear likely to follow in his first choice’s footsteps. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Anthony Kennedy’s Great Legacy: His Exit," 27 June 2018 Regardless of his jersey number, Smith hopes to follow in Leonard’s footsteps. Keith Pompey,, "76ers draft pick Zhaire Smith can relate to all-star Kawhi Leonard," 22 June 2018 Several post-Soviet countries, including Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, followed in Russia’s footsteps and enacted similar laws. Yelena Goltsman, Vox, "This World Cup, let’s talk about Russia’s LGBTIQ rights record," 15 June 2018 Now living back home in her native Canada, Constand is following in her father’s footsteps and works as a massage therapist, says Troiani. Jeff Truesdell,, "Bill Cosby Turns 81 Today — as Possible 30-Year Sentence Looms After Sex Assault Conviction," 12 July 2018 For that to work, the footsteps of those to be recognised would need to have been stored in a database, which would be harder to arrange than the collection of mugshots and fingerprints that existing airport security systems rely on. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 Intel and Microsoft have followed in each other’s footsteps for decades under the famous Wintel alliance. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Intel now faces a fight for its future," 22 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 \

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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