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English definition of “footstep”

footstep

noun [C] uk   /ˈfʊt.step/ us  
C1 the sound made by a person walking as their foot touches the ground, or a step (= foot movement): Walking along the darkened street, he heard footsteps close behind him. footsteps [plural] the route a person has taken in order to reach a place or to achieve something: When he realized he'd lost his wallet, he retraced his footsteps (= went back the way he had come).
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