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verb \ˈwȯk\

Simple Definition of walk

  • : to move with your legs at a speed that is slower than running

  • : to go with (someone) to a place by walking : to walk with (someone)

  • : to cause (an animal) to go for a walk with you : to take (an animal) for a walk

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of walk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a obsolete :  roam, wander b of a spirit :  to move about in visible form :  appear c of a ship :  to make headway

  3. 2 a :  to move along on foot :  advance by steps b :  to come or go easily or readily c :  to go on foot for exercise or pleasure d :  to go at a walk

  4. 3 a :  to pursue a course of action or way of life :  conduct oneself :  behave <walk warily> b :  to be or act in association :  continue in union <the British and American peoples will…walk together side by side … in peace — Sir Winston Churchill> c :  walk out <walked over problems with management>

  5. 4 :  to go to first base as a result of a base on balls

  6. 5 of an inanimate object a :  to move in a manner that is suggestive of walking b :  to stand with an appearance suggestive of strides <pylons walking across the valley>

  7. 6 of an astronaut :  to move about in space outside a spacecraft

  8. 7 :  to avoid criminal prosecution or conviction <walked on a technicality>

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 a :  to pass on foot or as if on foot through, along, over, or upon :  traverse, perambulate <walk the streets> <walk a tightrope> b :  to perform or accomplish by going on foot <walk guard>

  11. 2 a :  to cause (an animal) to go at a walk :  take for a walk <walking a dog> b (1) :  to cause to move by walking <walked her bicycle up the hill> (2) :  to haul (as an anchor) by walking round the capstan

  12. 3 :  to follow on foot for the purpose of measuring, surveying, or inspecting <walk a boundary>

  13. 4 a :  to accompany on foot :  walk with <walked her home> b :  to compel to walk (as by a command) c :  to bring to a specified condition by walking <walked us off our feet>

  14. 5 :  to move (an object) in a manner suggestive of walking

  15. 6 :  to perform (a dance) at a walking pace <walk a quadrille>

  16. 7 :  to give a base on balls to

walk away from
  1. 1 :  to outrun or get the better of without difficulty

  2. 2 :  to survive (an accident) with little or no injury

  3. 3 :  to give up or leave behind willingly :  abandon

walk off with
  1. 1 a :  to steal and take away b :  to take over unexpectedly from someone else :  steal 1d <walked off with the show>

  2. 2 :  to win or gain especially by outdoing one's competitors without difficulty

walk on
  1. :  to take advantage of :  abuse

walk on eggshells or walk on eggs
  1. :  to exercise extreme caution

walk over
  1. :  to treat contemptuously

walk the plank
  1. 1 :  to walk under compulsion over the side of a ship into the sea

  2. 2 :  to resign an office or position under compulsion

walk through
  1. 1 :  to go through (as a theatrical role or familiar activity) perfunctorily (as in an early stage of rehearsal)

  2. 2 :  to guide (as a novice) through an unfamiliar or complex procedure step-by-step

  3. 3 :  to deal with or carry out perfunctorily

Examples of walk in a sentence

  1. Is your grandson walking yet?

  2. He walks home from school every day.

  3. It's not far; you can walk there in five minutes.

  4. It was a while after the accident before she could walk again.

  5. He walked away without saying goodbye!

  6. She turned and walked away from him.

  7. The driver walked away from the accident unharmed.

  8. They walk around the neighborhood every morning for exercise.

  9. We walked around the city all day seeing the sights.

  10. He walked to the store.

Origin of walk

partly from Middle English walken (past welk, past participle walken), from Old English wealcan to roll, toss, journey about (past weolc, past participle wealcen) and partly from Middle English walkien (past walked, past participle walked), from Old English wealcian to roll up, muffle up; akin to Middle Dutch walken to knead, press, full

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with walk




Simple Definition of walk

  • : an act of walking : an act of going somewhere by walking

  • : a place or path for walking

  • : an organized event in which people walk to raise money for a particular cause or group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of walk

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of going on foot especially for exercise or pleasure <go for a walk> b :  space walk

  2. 2 :  an accustomed place of walking :  haunt

  3. 3 :  a place designed for walking: a :  a railed platform above the roof of a dwelling house b (1) :  a path specially arranged or paved for walking (2) :  sidewalk c :  a public avenue for promenading :  promenade d :  ropewalk

  4. 4 :  a place or area of land in which animals feed and exercise with minimal restraint

  5. 5 :  distance to be walked <a quarter mile walk from here>

  6. 6 British :  a ceremonial procession

  7. 7 :  manner of living :  conduct, behavior

  8. 8 a :  the gait of a biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one foot not clear of the ground before the other touches b :  the gait of a quadruped in which there are always at least two feet on the ground; specifically :  a 4-beat gait of a horse in which the feet strike the ground in the sequence near hind, near fore, off hind, off fore c :  a low rate of speed <the shortage of raw materials slowed production to a walk>

  9. 9 :  a route regularly traversed by a person in the performance of a particular activity (as patrolling, begging, or vending)

  10. 10 :  characteristic manner of walking <his walk is just like his father's>

  11. 11 a :  social or economic status <all walks of life> b (1) :  range or sphere of action :  field, province (2) :  vocation

  12. 12 :  base on balls

  13. 13 :  an easy victory <won in a walk>

walk in the park
  1. :  an easy or pleasurable experience

Examples of walk in a sentence

  1. The cliff walk along the ocean is very popular.

  2. Many exotic plants can be found along the walk.

14th Century

First Known Use of walk

14th century

WALK Defined for Kids



verb \ˈwȯk\

Definition of walk for Students


  1. 1 :  to move or cause to move along on foot at a natural slow pace <I walk to school.>

  2. 2 :  to cover or pass over on foot <We walked 20 miles.>

  3. 3 :  to go with (a person or animal) by walking <Will you walk me home?>

  4. 4 :  to go or cause to go to first base after four balls in baseball

walker noun
walk out
  1. 1 :  to leave suddenly and unexpectedly

  2. 2 :  to go on strike




Definition of walk for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of moving along on foot at a natural slow pace

  2. 2 :  a place or path for walking <My dog ran up the walk to greet me.>

  3. 3 :  distance to be walked often measured in time required by a walker to cover <Her house is a long walk from here.>

  4. 4 :  way of walking <He approached with a confident walk.>

  5. 5 :  an advance to first base after four balls in baseball

  6. 6 :  position in life or the community

  7. 7 :  a slow way of moving by a horse

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