walk

verb
\ ˈwȯk How to pronounce walk (audio) \

Definition of walk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a obsolete : roam, wander
b of a spirit : to move about in visible form : appear
c of a ship : to make headway
2a : 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
3a : 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
4 : to go to first base as a result of a base on balls

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
6 of an astronaut : to move about in space outside a spacecraft
7 : to avoid criminal prosecution or conviction walked on a technicality

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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
3 : to follow on foot for the purpose of measuring, surveying, or inspecting walk a boundary
4a : 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
5 : to move (an object) in a manner suggestive of walking
6 : to perform (a dance) at a walking pace walk a quadrille
7 : to give a base on balls to
walk away from
1 : to outrun or get the better of without difficulty
2 : to survive (an accident) with little or no injury
3 : to give up or leave behind willingly : abandon
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

walk

noun

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
2 : an accustomed place of walking : haunt
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 : a place or area of land in which animals feed and exercise with minimal restraint
5 : distance to be walked a quarter mile walk from here
6 British : a ceremonial procession
7 : manner of living : conduct, behavior
8a : 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 : a route regularly traversed by a person in the performance of a particular activity (such as patrolling, begging, or vending)
10 : characteristic manner of walking his walk is just like his father's
11a : social or economic status all walks of life
b(1) : range or sphere of action : field, province
(2) : vocation
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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On July 20, the Plainville Historical Society will host a walking tour of about 20 prominent historical sites. Don Stacom, courant.com, "As it approaches 150 years, Plainville plans celebration for July," 20 June 2019 Films about unusual religious sects, and acts of faith that most viewers would find extreme or off-putting, walk a tight line. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Them That Follow Is a Lazy Portrait of Religious Fanaticism," 20 June 2019 Shanafelt, balancing on a walking cane, then began to pull a gun out of her holster, according to the article. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 Rick Singer, who walks with a slight limp after two hip replacement surgeries, is free on bond until his sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 19, the day after his 59th birthday. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 Accommodations:Hotel Relais Monceau Day 2: Paris Head straight to the heart of Paris on a walking tour of the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine where the city was first settled. National Geographic, "France Family Journey: From Paris to Normandy and Beyond," 17 June 2019 Aaron, who spoke about her success into being with a viral tweet, was among the models who walked in a show for WillieNorris Workshop, Dazed reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Aaron Philip Made Her Runway Debut at WillieNorris Workshop," 14 June 2019 The tour will stop at other locations of interest such as Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park and host a walking tour of Eatonville. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Juneteenth a reason to celebrate in Orlando and Kissimmee," 12 June 2019 The three finalists have also been invited to walk in the 50th annual Spirit of the Fourth parade and perform as part of the evening entertainment prior to Rancho Bernardo’s Fourth of July fireworks show. Pomerado News, "Talented youths compete in RB Star," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Opening Doors London organises walks, film nights and a befriending scheme for over-50s. The Economist, "Britain’s first retirement homes for LGBT OAPs," 21 June 2019 Alzolay allowed one hit, a solo homer, and two walks in four innings. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "The next step for pitching phenom Adbert Alzolay? The Cubs won’t say as they evaluate their options," 21 June 2019 Dunewood Campground: The campground at Indiana Dunes National Park includes 67 campsites with 54 drive-in sites and 13 walk-in sites. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 In the Dominican Summer League, 16-year-old shortstop Brainer Bonaci is off to a spectacular start, hitting .415/.473/.631 with 10 extra-base hits, 11 steals, and nearly as many walks (7) as strikeouts (9) in his first 16 pro games. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Darwinzon Hernandez loaded with promise but can’t find his spot," 21 June 2019 Robbie Grossman drew a leadoff walk and Jurickson Profar walked with one out. Gideon Rubin, orlandosentinel.com, "Rays surrender 9th-inning lead, lose 5-4 at Oakland," 21 June 2019 Lamb’s return Infielder Jake Lamb (quad strain) continued his rehab with Triple-A Reno, going 1 for 3 with a double and a walk on Thursday. Jenna Ortiz, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray stays confident in curveball, slider," 21 June 2019 Their walk rate is up from once every 13.3 plate appearances to once every 11.2 plate appearances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Offense not so offensive lately," 21 June 2019 The next five batters all reached, four by walks, scoring the next two runs. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen scores 12 in win over Tri-City, improve to 4-2," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of walk

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for walk

Verb

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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Walhalla

wali

walise

walk

walkable

walkabout

walk-around

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

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walk

verb

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

walk

noun

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

walk

verb
\ 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

walk

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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