Definition of afoot in US English:

afoot

adjective

  • 1In preparation or progress; happening or beginning to happen.

    ‘plans are afoot for a festival’
    ‘something bizarre was afoot’
    • ‘Out the back is a space for all kinds of creative outlets like painting and pottery and plans are afoot for a veggie garden.’
    • ‘And talk is afoot of a large scale class action discrimination suit to be filed against the university.’
    • ‘Plans are now afoot for a small screen adaptation of the much-loved novel.’
    • ‘But plans are already afoot to ensure that the festival is revitalised next year.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for an official celebration of the win, and the mayor said that they are already planning for next year.’
    • ‘At the present time, plans are afoot to develop the harbour area.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot to run an indoor football league over two days.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for a complete refurbishment of the building, and in the meantime Michael is developing the food side of the business.’
    • ‘Plans are also afoot to introduce a new green bin scheme, which collects compostable waste, including cardboard.’
    • ‘Preparations are afoot, measurements are made, ground is staked out.’
    • ‘There are also plans afoot to float television channels in other South Indian languages over the course of the year.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for the construction of dressing rooms and toilets.’
    • ‘There are plans afoot… but it would be premature to talk about them now.’
    • ‘The other good news is that there are plans afoot for there to be a free festival next year!’
    • ‘The sites became redundant following a reorganisation of special education, and plans are afoot to sell them for housing.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot to stage three soul nights over the next year.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for a visual art research institute in currently vacant university buildings.’
    • ‘The Christmas lights have just been erected and already plans are afoot to have an even better display next year.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot to construct one more platform to station more buses.’
    • ‘There is even a plan afoot to offer half-year membership for half subs, in a membership drive to be held in the ground later this month.’
    going on, happening, around, about, abroad, circulating, current, stirring, in circulation, at large, going about, in the air, in the wind
    going on, happening, around, about, abroad, circulating, current, stirring, in circulation, at large, going about, in the air, in the wind
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  • 2North American On foot.

    ‘they were forced to go afoot’
    • ‘I suppose from the looks of things that I shall have to go afoot the rest of the way.’
    • ‘But to the younger generation, a winter holiday means action- and down through the 'Swamp hollow' and over the hill road they go, afoot or in sleighs, through the drifting snow, to a barn dance at the Centre.’
    • ‘He went afoot, both that he might arrange many matters, and by way of training them to bear a parting from him.’
    • ‘Although they went afoot they expected to come back mounted for when they raided another tribe they depended on stealing enough horses to get away on.’
    • ‘She went afoot all the way to our house. I founded her sleeping on the grass in the morning.’

Pronunciation

afoot

/əˈfʊt//əˈfo͝ot/