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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



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 If someone tries to provoke you, smile and walk away. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Gun groups: Virginia Democrats want violence to disrupt, ‘smear’ gun control protest," 16 Jan. 2020 The news website Axios previously reported that Japanese conglomerate SoftBank walked away in November from a commitment to invest $150 million in Honor after agreeing to provide the funding last year. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Layoffs hit San Francisco care provider Honor," 16 Jan. 2020 The moment ended with Sanders pointing at Warren and walking away, finally taking Steyer’s hand and shaking it. Time, "Democratic Debate Highlights: 6 Candidates Make the Case for Themselves Before the Iowa Caucuses," 15 Jan. 2020 Both the Trumps and Vaughn smiled when the actor walked away. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Vince Vaughn seen chatting with Donald Trump, Melania at Clemson-LSU championship game," 15 Jan. 2020 After Chris walks away, Kate turns and questions her husband about Ann’s sudden return. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Sally Field and Bill Pullman Deal with a Secret in Play Revival All My Sons," 14 Jan. 2020 Monday saw the release of this year’s Oscar nominations, and the Korean film from director Bong Joon Ho walked away with six — including in the major categories of Best Picture and Best Director. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Bong Joon Ho celebrates Parasite Oscar nominations, teases HBO series," 13 Jan. 2020 Mario placed Harold on this magnificent piece of furniture and all of a sudden Camilla started walking over to us, accompanied by Prince Charles. Luzanne Otte, ELLE Decor, "Patricia Altschul Shares the Best Advice She Got From Mario Buatta," 13 Jan. 2020 In addition to launching the missile attack, Iran also abandoned its remaining commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump had walked away from in May 2018. Author: Amir Vahdat, Joseph Krauss, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran sends mixed signals as tensions with US appear to ease," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even better is a brisk walk outside with a coworker. NBC News, "Daily and weekly tips to help prevent burnout at work," 16 Jan. 2020 That's roughly a three-minute walk from police headquarters at Seventh and Jefferson streets. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "As Louisville police ranks shrink, Virginia department comes recruiting," 10 Jan. 2020 Achieving success in this field is no walk in the park. Valerie Lee, Billboard, "10 of the Hottest Photographers In Dance Music Share Their Advice on Making It in the Scene," 7 Jan. 2020 The idea is to provide convenience and speedy delivery to our walk-in customers. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Thai company plans to take on cash-and-carry giants in the Indian market," 5 Jan. 2020 From parking, Castle Lake is a short walk just beyond and was 90% frozen, but melted at its edges in a ring, and unsafe to walk on. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Get a fresh New Year start at snowy mountain lookout," 3 Jan. 2020 Despite feeling miles away from the bustle of the city, the Meiji Shrine is a short walk from Harajuku and Shibuya Crossing, making it a cinch to knock those key sights off your list, too. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "10 things to do in Tokyo: Kabuki plays, robot restaurants and more must-try experiences," 2 Jan. 2020 There is an on-site doctor and physiotherapist keeping a close eye on the gamers' health, taking them out for at least one walk a day for exercise. Ben Westcott, CNN, "They train 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, chasing million-dollar paydays. Meet China's new breed of e-sports athletes," 30 Dec. 2019 Members of the royal family gathered on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Wednesday, and embarked upon their annual walk to the local church, St. Mary Magdalene. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Greeted the Crowd After the Christmas Day Service," 26 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Walk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk%20through. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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