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 The women walked through their routine rather than going full speed to keep the horses from getting injured. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Mexico’s official sport joins the rodeo lineup in San Antonio," 14 Feb. 2020 Dancers walk around between sets to mingle with patrons. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 Spaces Tucker should be able to walk into and sell a different kind of future. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football opened the vault to hire Mel Tucker. But will it pay off?," 12 Feb. 2020 In that moment, now frozen in his memory, Peter watched Mackie walk away. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 2020 The Crusaders begin their 2020 tournament run against Little Miami Feb. 22 and should be able to walk right into the regional. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Moeller, La Salle, Wyoming, Deer Park continue high basketball rankings as postseason nears," 10 Feb. 2020 Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos walked the 2020 Oscars red carpet together. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Missed Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos's Epic PDA Moment at the 2020 Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Merging furniture and fashion screams walk-in closet material. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This Odd Chair Looks Like a Handbag," 10 Feb. 2020 Clearly unfazed by his own rule-breaking, Murray walked off the green and flipped his club at his bag in celebration. Henry Mckenna, For The Win, "Bill Murray badly missed a putt at Pebble Beach, and his frustrated reaction was hilarious," 9 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To pass the time, McGory goes out for walks, watches college basketball highlights, and cooks. Grace Hauck, USA Today, "From a rumor to 1,000 deaths: How the coronavirus outbreak unfolded for Americans at the epicenter," 12 Feb. 2020 As the pair prepare to go for a walk, Peter reaches his hand towards Victoria, who avoids the offer of casual intimacy. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Peter Weber Played His Worst Mind Game Yet On The Bachelor," 11 Feb. 2020 In 2000, Donna Dees-Thomases celebrated Mother’s Day by going for a walk. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Donna Dees-Thomases, Glamour's 2000 Woman of the Year, Says Moms Are Necessary For Movements," 6 Feb. 2020 Michelle, or Novelty Hill Januik for a walk-in wine tasting—all starting at $15 per person. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound," 3 Feb. 2020 Currently, if a company discovers a way to get people to go for a walk with a new app or program, protection for intellectual property and reimbursement is uncertain. Dana Goldman, The Conversation, "Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches," 27 Jan. 2020 Nicholas Daniloff left for a walk about 11 on a Saturday morning in late August to meet a Russian friend named Mikhail Luzin. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Freep.com, "Accused spy Paul Whelan would not be first American set up by Russians," 22 Jan. 2020 The pair even seemed to go for a romantic walk together, sharing pics with the same adorable dogs last month on Insta. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Seemingly Confirms Relationship with 17-Year-Old Rugby Player with Cute Snap," 13 Jan. 2020 McConnell, Trump’s most powerful GOP ally in the Senate, welcomed the president’s emerging defense team Friday for a walk-through of the Senate chamber. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 21 Dec. 2019

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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

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Walk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walked%20on. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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