Meaning of “foot” in the English Dictionary

"foot" in British English

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uk /fʊt/ us /fʊt/

foot noun (BODY PART)

A1 [ C ] plural feet the part of the body at the bottom of the leg on which a person or animal stands:

I've got a blister on my left foot.
I've been on my feet (= standing) all day and I'm exhausted.
informal You look tired. Why don't you put your feet up (= sit or lie down with your feet resting on something)?
Please wipe your feet (= clean the bottom of your shoes) before you come into the house.
get/rise to your feet

C2 to stand up after you have been sitting:

He rose to his feet when she walked in.
on foot

A2 walking:

Are you going by bicycle or on foot?

More examples

  • He tapped his foot to the beat of the music.
  • It really hurt when Mark trod on my foot.
  • My feet are so cold.
  • She stood squarely, with her feet apart.
  • I felt a sharp pain in my foot.

foot noun (MEASUREMENT)

B1 [ C ] plural feet or foot written abbreviation ft a unit of measurement, equal to twelve inches or 0.3048 metres, sometimes shown by the symbol ′:

The man was standing only a few feet away.
She is five feet/foot three inches tall.
She is 5′ 3″ tall.

More examples

  • Twelve inches are equal to one foot.
  • The plane climbed quickly to a height of 30,000 feet.
  • The pond is six feet in diameter.
  • The cliffs are eroding several feet a year.
  • He's six feet tall.

footverb [ T ]

uk /fʊt/ us /fʊt/ informal

(Definition of “foot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"foot" in American English

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us /fʊt/

foot noun (BODY PART)

[ C ] plural feet /fit/ the part of the body at the bottom of the leg on which a person or animal stands:

I’ve got a blister on my left foot.
He got to/jumped to/rose to his feet (= stood up) to get a better look at the parade passing by.
I’ve been on my feet (= standing) all day serving customers.
The driver of the stolen car fled the scene on foot (= walking).

foot noun (MEASUREMENT)

[ C ] plural foot or feet /fit/ abbreviation ft., symbol ' a unit of measurement of length equal to 12 inches or 0.3048 meters

foot noun (BOTTOM)

[ U ] the bottom or end of a space or object:

She dreamed she saw someone standing at the foot of her bed.

(Definition of “foot” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"foot" in Business English

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uk /fʊt/ us

[ C ] plural feet, foot written abbreviation ft MEASURES a unit of measurement equal to 12 inches or 0.3048 metres, sometimes shown by the symbol ′:

His brief was to provide 10 million square feet of office space on a 16-acre site.

[ S ] the bottom or lower end of something:

the foot of sth Additional notes are added at the foot of the page.
be run/rushed off your feet

to be extremely busy:

Business was booming, and everyone in the office was rushed off their feet.
drag your feet

to be very slow in doing sth, for example taking a decision:

Reformers claim that the FSA is dragging its feet on banking reform.
fall/land on your feet

to be successful or lucky, especially after a period of not having success or luck:

After the redundancies, about a fifth of the workers immediately landed on their feet, getting jobs at a local start-up company.
get back on your feet also get sb/sth back on their feet

to start experiencing an improved situation after a time of trouble or difficulty or to help a person, company, etc. to do this:

There is enormous support for quick, low-interest loans to help companies get back on their feet after a disaster.
get a/your foot in the door

to enter a business or an organization at a low level, but with a chance of being more successful in the future:

Graduate Careers Opportunities will help you get a foot in the door of your chosen career.
get your feet wet

to start doing something new:

The company got its feet wet by taking a stand at the trader's exhibition.


uk /fʊt/ us
foot the bill

to pay the cost of something:

Senior managers might be able to get employers to foot the bill for a weekend executive-MBA program.

(Definition of “foot” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)