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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Not only do the student models work with J. Alexander on learning how to walk the runway, but for nearly 20 years SCAD has hosted fashion shows with its hard-working and talented student designers. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Recent SCAD Grads and Fashion Designers Brandon Skipper, Linden Grace Colby, Haley Emerson, and Darren Apolonio Discuss The Current State of Fashion," 3 July 2019 But what an incredible opportunity for those kids to walk away from those experiences and apply that to their daily lives. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Halima Aden is Mentoring the Next Generation of Fashion Creatives," 3 July 2019 The men struck the man with an object on the head and body, then walked away. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 3 July 2019 Closer Liliana Escobar threw three innings, striking out six, walking one and yielding three runs and one hit. Vincent Nguyen, latimes.com, "Burbank 9-10-11 Little League softball All-Stars capture Section 2 title," 2 July 2019 Both marches built on the foundation laid by the 1970 march, which, in turn, built on the foundation laid by a different event the year before, two months before the Woodstock rock concert and one month before Neil A. Armstrong walked on the moon. James Barron, New York Times, "Pride Parade: 50 Years After Stonewall, a Joyous and Resolute Celebration," 30 June 2019 Fiers kept the big-swinging Angels off balance by mixing his pitches, struck out the side in the sixth, and walked just one. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Matt Olson slams 2 homers, A’s make a statement in win over Angels," 28 June 2019 Scorpio – October 23 – November 21 Blow the roof off the mother and walk on the wild side. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Everyone Wants Your Good Stuff, Cancer! Your Summer Vibe 2019 Horoscopes Are Here," 28 June 2019 Though the most magical moment is walking alone on this hostile continent—with just the company of a hundred gentoo penguins, honking a great chorus that induces shivers of awe. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "These New Expedition Cruises Take Travelers to the World’s Most Remote Corners," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Memorial bricks for a walk are also being sold for $35. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 3 July 2019 How about talking to other people, exercising, cooking, reading, going for a walk? Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "It's time small business owners wrote their own declaration of independence," 3 July 2019 Welfare check, Epping Road: Officers checked on a man out for a walk June 29 that was reported to be unsteady on his feet. cleveland.com, "Man learns the village grants no permits to solicitors: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 Other advice: Keep dogs leashed when going out for walks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Keep your dogs safe on July 4," 2 July 2019 Yasmani Grandal took some close pitches to work Hernandez for a walk, forcing in the tying run. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Reds 6: Christian Yelich becomes first player in club history with 30 HRs before break," 1 July 2019 Slater hit the triple for his first big-league hit of the year, which gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in the fourth after Longoria made Allen pay for a leadoff walk with an RBI double. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants go on extra-base-hit tear, smash Padres — Austin Slater homers in ’19 debut," 1 July 2019 Testimony at Elkins’ trial showed the slain baby’s mother, Sherry West, was out for a walk and pushing her son in his stroller when Elkins and a younger accomplice confronted West and demanded her purse. Washington Post, "Georgia Supreme Court orders review of slain baby case," 1 July 2019 Taking baths, peeking in the dishwasher, going for walks. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Whoof! Elizabeth Warren's dog is sending text updates on her 2020 presidential campaign," 26 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'walk.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

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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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