\ ˈwȯk How to pronounce walk (audio) \
walked; walking; walks

Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move along on foot : advance by steps
b : to come or go easily or readily
c : to go at a walk
d : to go on foot for exercise or pleasure
2 : to go to first base as a result of a base on balls
3 : to avoid criminal prosecution or conviction walked on a technicality
4a : walk out walked over problems with management
b : to pursue a course of action or way of life : conduct oneself : behave walk warily
c : 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
5 of an astronaut : to move about in space outside a spacecraft
6 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
7a of a spirit : to move about in visible form : appear
b of a ship : to make headway
c obsolete : roam, wander

transitive verb

1a : 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 (something, such as an anchor) by walking round the capstan
2a : 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
3 : to follow on foot for the purpose of measuring, surveying, or inspecting walk a boundary
4 : to move (an object) in a manner suggestive of walking
5a : 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
6 : to give a base on balls to
7 : to perform (a dance) at a walking pace walk a quadrille
walk away from
1 : to give up or leave behind willingly : abandon
2 : to survive (an accident) with little or no injury
3 : to outrun or get the better of without difficulty
walk off with
1a : to steal and take away
b : to take over unexpectedly from someone else : steal sense 1d walked off with the show
2 : to win or gain especially by outdoing one's competitors without difficulty
walk on
: to take advantage of : abuse
walk on eggshells or walk on eggs
: to exercise extreme caution
walk over
: to treat contemptuously
walk the plank
1 : to walk under compulsion over the side of a ship into the sea
2 : to resign an office or position under compulsion
walk through
1 : to go through (a theatrical role, a familiar activity, etc.) perfunctorily (as in an early stage of rehearsal)
2 : to guide (someone, such as a novice) through an unfamiliar or complex procedure step-by-step
3 : to deal with or carry out perfunctorily


plural walks

Definition of walk (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of going on foot especially for exercise or pleasure go for a walk took a long walk around the neighborhood — see also take a walk
2 : a place designed for walking:
a(1) : a path specially arranged or paved for walking
(2) : sidewalk
b : a public avenue for promenading : promenade
c : a railed platform above the roof of a dwelling house
3 : distance to be walked a quarter mile walk from here
4 : an accustomed place of walking : haunt
5 : a place or area of land in which animals feed and exercise with minimal restraint
7 : characteristic manner of walking his walk is just like his father's
8 British : a ceremonial procession
9a : a low rate of speed the shortage of raw materials slowed production to a walk
b : the gait of a biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one foot not clear of the ground before the other touches
c : 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
10 : a route regularly traversed by a person in the performance of a particular activity (such as patrolling, begging, or vending)
11a : social or economic status all walks of life
b(1) : range or sphere of action : field, province
(2) : vocation
12 : manner of living : conduct, behavior
13 : an easy victory won in a walk
walk in the park
: an easy or pleasurable experience

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Examples of walk in a Sentence

Verb Is your grandson walking yet? He walks home from school every day. It's not far; you can walk there in five minutes. It was a while after the accident before she could walk again. He walked away without saying goodbye! She turned and walked away from him. The driver walked away from the accident unharmed. They walk around the neighborhood every morning for exercise. We walked around the city all day seeing the sights. He walked to the store. Noun The cliff walk along the ocean is very popular. Many exotic plants can be found along the walk.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb WCPO Channel 4 reports the woman told police she had been forced out of her home at gunpoint and had to walk to the apartment. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio man, woman accused of keeping kidnapping victim in dog cage," 14 Jan. 2021 Inspectors found the business was allowing customers to walk around without masks or social distancing. Mark Dunphy, ExpressNews.com, "Citations: Cowboys Dancehall cited for COVID-19 violations after country concert," 12 Jan. 2021 For those now worried about feeling safe enough to walk around in downtown Minneapolis, there's no better fix for that than having thousands of office workers there every day. Star Tribune, "Office life will change, but the need for offices won't," 6 Jan. 2021 One of the things the pandemic really forced me to do is seek out places to just be able to walk around and enjoy some fresh air. Going Out Guide Staff, Washington Post, "Where we found joy in 2020, and where we’ll look for it in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior isn’t a large memorial, but everyone entering Westminster Abbey has to walk around his resting place, honouring this unnamed combatant of the First World War—a symbol of selfless duty and ultimate sacrifice. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2020 Is for Those "Missing Friends and Family Members"," 26 Dec. 2020 The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior isn’t a large memorial, but everyone entering Westminster Abbey has to walk around his resting place, honouring this unnamed combatant of the First World War—a symbol of selfless duty and ultimate sacrifice. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Included a Romantic Gesture to Prince Philip in Her Christmas Speech," 26 Dec. 2020 The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior isn’t a large memorial, but everyone entering Westminster Abbey has to walk around his resting place, honouring this unnamed combatant of the First World War — a symbol of selfless duty and ultimate sacrifice. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Uses Her Annual Christmas Day Broadcast to Send a Message of Hope," 25 Dec. 2020 But first ladies also have to walk a fine line not to overstep their boundaries. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Jill Biden set to redefine traditions of the office of the first lady," 25 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Well Bourguet no longer has the label of walk-on, putting out on social media Friday that he has been placed on scholarship. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU football backup quarterback Trenton Bourguet placed on scholarship," 16 Jan. 2021 Aaron Roberts, who is going to be a preferred walk-on at Purdue. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Ty Hunt resigns as football coach at Ritter after winning three state titles in 15 seasons," 15 Jan. 2021 Green wouldn’t be the first preferred walk-on from the Mobile area to work himself into a starring role at Troy. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "‘He really has something special:’ Saraland QB Karson Green headed to Troy," 14 Jan. 2021 The redshirt junior and former walk-on – the Spartans’ first outbound transfer to land at another Power 5 program this offseason – has two years remaining and will be eligible immediately thanks to the NCAA’s waivers for 2020. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan State football FB/TE Max Rosenthal transfers to Illinois," 13 Jan. 2021 The Monday after Nate found the house on Facebook, Alysha and Nate had a Zoom walk-through with the real-estate agent. Emma Alpern, Curbed, "A Florida Family Bought the Viral Shag-Carpet House Without Setting Foot Inside," 13 Jan. 2021 Mobley, who announced his transfer on Twitter, will be a preferred walk-on. Star Tribune, "Graduate placekicker transfers to Gophers from Temple," 12 Jan. 2021 LaRoe spent a year at Texas A&M as a preferred walk-on before transferring to Ohio State with the same status. Matt Young, Chron, "All the players from Texas in the Alabama-Ohio State national title game," 11 Jan. 2021 Pittsburgh center Jimmy Morrissey won the Burlsworth Trophy on Monday as the best college football player who began his career as a walk-on. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Pitt's Morrissey wins Burlsworth Trophy," 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of walk


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 7c


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of walk was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Walk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of walk (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈwȯk How to pronounce walk (audio) \
walked; walking

Kids Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move or cause to move along on foot at a natural slow pace I walk to school.
2 : to cover or pass over on foot We walked 20 miles.
3 : to go with (a person or animal) by walking Will you walk me home?
4 : to go or cause to go to first base after four balls in baseball
walk out
1 : to leave suddenly and unexpectedly
2 : to go on strike

Other Words from walk

walker noun



Kids Definition of walk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of moving along on foot at a natural slow pace
2 : a place or path for walking My dog ran up the walk to greet me.
3 : distance to be walked often measured in time required by a walker to cover Her house is a long walk from here.
4 : way of walking He approached with a confident walk.
5 : an advance to first base after four balls in baseball
6 : position in life or the community
7 : a slow way of moving by a horse

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