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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Will Dannielynn Hope be following in mom Anna Nicole Smith‘s acting footsteps? Jen Juneau,, "Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Calls Acting 'Fun' in Interview with Dad Larry Birkhead," 16 Sep. 2019 Some of the most talented youngsters and the players at Lille hoping to follow in the Ivorian's footsteps are Jonathan Ikoné, Timothy Weah, Boubakary Soumaré and Jonathan Bamba. Matias Grez, CNN, "How football "art" helped Lille return to the big time," 16 Sep. 2019 Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, a couple protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 That’s a lot of footsteps pounding the dirt and rocks, eroding the trail and leaving it slippery and treacherous in places. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hikers finding new ways to take 5-Peak Challenge," 9 Sep. 2019 Trump’s three high-profile meetings with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — including the president’s recent brief footsteps onto North Korean soil — prompted deep unease from many quarters, including his conservative base in Congress. Matthew Lee, The Denver Post, "Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel," 8 Sep. 2019 Some were microphones, listening for guerrilla footsteps or truck ignitions. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is changing every aspect of war," 7 Sep. 2019 On the eve of New York Fashion Week, and nearly 15 years into its life span, the platform is finally following in the footsteps of its peers Instagram, Snapchat and Amazon, and trying to cultivate the possibilities of the style set. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "YouTube Tries to Get Fashionable," 5 Sep. 2019 Speaking of which, one Redditor by the name of theStarsShineWithinU posted the video in the r/SkincareAddiction subreddit, specifically warning people not to follow in Thorne's footsteps. Kaleigh Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Shared How She Treats Acne Scars," 29 Aug. 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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