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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Laura, who grew up in the countryside outside Rio de Janeiro, is now literally following in his footsteps. Daily Pilot, "Brazilian woman traces her great-uncle’s Laguna Beach story, three decades later," 2 Aug. 2019 His daughter, Hunter, followed in his footsteps as a pitcher and won the FHSAA State Championship with Grandview Prep in Boca Raton. Alex Kushel,, "West Boynton Lady Bandits among top teams in southeastern United States," 2 Aug. 2019 The elder Rosselló did not want his son to follow in his footsteps, Companys said. Patricia Mazzei,, "Puerto Rico’s governor misread the anger brewing about him," 25 July 2019 While The Planetary Society doesn't have plans for a follow-up mission after LightSail 2, several other organizations are looking to follow in its footsteps. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "LightSail 2 Is Now Flying Through Space, Powered by the Sun," 24 July 2019 The French national team have had some fine full-backs over the years and Larouci could be the next youngster in years to come, to follow in their footsteps., "Yasser Larouci: 5 Things to Know About Liverpool's Teen Sensation," 22 July 2019 Plimpton’s popular books and magazine articles about his exploits spawned a new wave of journalists following in his footsteps. Kevin Leonard,, "Jim Clash: Laurel’s own George Plimpton continues legacy of participatory journalism," 18 July 2019 In the five years since Ethereum’s launch, others have followed in its footsteps. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Internet As We Know it Needs ‘a Complete Replacement’," 17 July 2019 But the company in 2011 secured a contract to supply the German airline Lufthansa with caviar in its first-class cabins and Kaluga Queen’s success in the intervening years has inspired others to follow in its footsteps. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "China produces loads of “black gold,” but will caviar lovers bite?," 14 July 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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