Meaning of “footstep” in the English Dictionary

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"footstep" in British English

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footstepnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʊt.step/ us /ˈfʊt.step/

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).

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

"footstep" in American English

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footstepnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfʊtˌstep/

the movement or sound of each step a person takes when walking:

We never saw anyone in the building, but sometimes we heard footsteps down the hall.

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