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

Definition of walk

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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
d : ropewalk
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 An addition for the Class of 2021 is a stop on the parade route where graduates can get out of the car, walk across an outdoor stage, as per their request, and get their diploma from Principal Craig McCaffrey. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "How Central Indiana high schools are planning for graduations," 12 Apr. 2021 Anyone can walk into the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., and get a shot without any wait time, Shaughnessy said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments open at Wisconsin Center; walk-ins now allowed as site sees drop in vaccinations," 12 Apr. 2021 One by one, customers walk past the vinyl, the memorabilia, the blaring jukebox and slide back into the leopard print chairs with a simple request. Star Tribune, "Eager salons 'ready to cut that COVID hair'," 10 Apr. 2021 Then walk across the street for a cone at Gracie’s. BostonGlobe.com, "10 kid-friendly patios for April vacation dining," 9 Apr. 2021 Skiers walk from the mountain to the parking lot at Solitude Mountain Resort, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Kim Mayhew turned Solitude into a trendsetter among ski areas. She’s leaving with no regrets.," 9 Apr. 2021 Inside Amazon’s newer, roboticized warehouses, which comprise 50 out of the more than 175 fulfillment centers worldwide, workers no longer walk the aisles retrieving products. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "As Amazon Workers Organize, They Stress: ‘We Are Not Robots’," 9 Apr. 2021 Participants can walk around the block, backyard, living room or on a treadmill. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s gives COVID-19 vaccinations," 9 Apr. 2021 Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, walk during their honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire, Nov. 24, 1947. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Prince Philip Was Queen Elizabeth’s 'Strength and Stay.' Their Marriage Was Also Incredibly Complex," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Granite Hills second baseman Alex Gibaud scored three times, reaching on a walk, a ringing two-out double in the fourth and an error. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Granite Hills proves best in Hilltop tournament," 10 Apr. 2021 Gigi pushed 7-month-old Khai's stroller and kept her look low-key and casually for the outing, wearing a pair of muted purple bicycle shorts and a matching purple crewneck sweatshirt on the walk. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi and Bella Hadid Took Baby Khai for a Casual Walk in New York City," 10 Apr. 2021 Trinity went ahead 4-3 on a bases-loaded walk to first baseman Matt Ossenfort, but the Warriors couldn’t add to their lead. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Lights out: Calvary Christian, Trinity Christian game ends in tie due to darkness," 9 Apr. 2021 Authorities said the incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. while Randolph was on a walk with a nonverbal autistic student on the campus of Sebring High School. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "Florida educator caught on video abusing nonverbal autistic student, officials say," 9 Apr. 2021 Rojas went 0 for 2, but reached base for the first time on a seventh-inning walk, Greinke's first of the season. Greg Beacham, Chron, "Carlos Correa's 9th-inning homer puts Astros past Angels," 6 Apr. 2021 On September 19, 1931, in what might rank as one of the most important conversations in literary history, Lewis took his friend and colleague J. R. R. Tolkien on a walk along the River Cherwell near Magdalen College. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "How C. S. Lewis Accepted Christianity," 4 Apr. 2021 Gigi Hadid wore a bright yellow knit co-ord on a walk with daughter Khai in New York City Thursday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Wore the Brightest Yellow Outfit for a Walk With Khai in NYC," 2 Apr. 2021 Last week, President Joe Biden’s younger dog, Major, bit someone while out on a walk. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, "Then and Now: Pets," 1 Apr. 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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14 Apr 2021

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“Walk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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