noun (usually footsteps)

He heard the sound of heavy, dragging footsteps in the corridor.

measured, slow
brisk, hurried, quick, rapid, running
receding, retreating
hear, listen to
listen for

She listened for her mother's footsteps.

follow, retrace

I am retracing the footsteps of the lost expedition.

run, walk
halt, stop

The footsteps halted in the doorway.

approach, come, draw, head

The footsteps came closer as she listened.

pass, pass on

The footsteps passed on, receding down the corridor.

descend the stairs
die away, fade, fade away

Her footsteps died away as she walked down the path.

crunch, echo, pound, sound

Hurried footsteps sounded on the stairs.

the sound of (sb's) footsteps

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