walk

verb
\ 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

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 : 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 That included new virtual interior home assessments, enabling the seller to walk us through their home via video. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Scramble is back on to become Amazon of home sales," 29 Dec. 2020 After that, the app will walk you through the remaining configuration steps for your Echo. Gear Team, Wired, "How to Set Up Your New Amazon Echo," 25 Dec. 2020 As a means of getting Gordy ready for the Groundhog's Day celebration in the zoo, Guglielmi would literally put him on a leash and walk him around among the other animals at the farm, desensitizing him for the task ahead. jsonline.com, "11 animal personalities you have to meet at the Milwaukee County Zoo," 23 Dec. 2020 In August, the CDC put out revised testing guidelines that were more in line with Atlas’s view than Birx’s, only to walk them back after a public outcry. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter," 20 Dec. 2020 The optical illusion mimics rain and rising water as guests walk through without getting wet. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Seismique interactive art museum announces opening date," 15 Dec. 2020 Peloton has a dedicated team of professionals that assemble and set-up your bike, as well as walk you through the app and experience. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Peloton Bike+, According to Our Fitness Experts," 14 Dec. 2020 Jones yells, as her husband and kids walk down the stairs of the two-story house. Chris Persaud, USA TODAY, "Former Florida COVID-19 data scientist Rebekah Jones pushes back after raid on home," 12 Dec. 2020 Officers walk him to the squad car to drive him to Green Oaks. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Dallas police release bodycam video after 35-year-old man dies in officers’ custody," 6 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This might include getting a snack, going for a short walk or doing a small household chore. Allison Pohle, WSJ, "How to Create a Work Schedule That Helps You Succeed," 29 Dec. 2020 Or instead of going for a run or jog, go for a brisk walk. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Should you skip or keep your workout if you're sick? Here's how to tell," 25 Dec. 2020 Not everyone has access to safe sidewalks, green spaces, or parks, which can make simply going out for a walk less accessible to those who live in some communities than in others. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, "12 Benefits of Walking That Will Make You Want to Lace Up," 25 Dec. 2020 Early Friday morning, San Francisco resident Alexis Gallagher took his puppy for a walk while his family slept in. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Christmas in the Bay Area felt different this year, but the pandemic couldn’t dampen all cheer and charity," 25 Dec. 2020 On Sunday, Middleton, Prince William, and their three children were seen going for a walk along Luminate Sandringham, a mile-long trail near Queen Elizabeth’s estate in Norfolk. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "A New Royal Christmas Controversy Is Underway," 23 Dec. 2020 On the morning of her second chemo infusion, Lin stepped out for a walk in Puma trainers, Bermuda shorts and a blue polo shirt, her chin-length hair tucked behind her ears. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, "COVID stopped her parents from returning to China. Now her mom has cancer," 19 Dec. 2020 Take advantage of the nice weather days and get outside for a walk or to play with the kids. Lauren Harrison, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Health Dept.: New Year’s resolutions during a pandemic," 19 Dec. 2020 As much as anything, tracking deer is an excuse to pull the coolest rifles from your safe and take one for a walk. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "6 Classic Rifles for Tracking Deer," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of walk

Verb

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

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

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Last Updated

8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Walk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for walk

walk

verb
How to pronounce walk (audio)

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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