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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 The Arizona Animal Welfare League offers walk-in microchipping from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month for $20. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "How Sasha the lost cat found his way home after 5 years and 1,300 miles," 21 Nov. 2019 As the Roadrunners’ coaches, players, band and cheerleaders walked toward the Alamodome before the game, Baylen spotted DeeDee among the group of fans lining their path. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA senior Baylen Baker gains perspective from mother’s cancer diagnosis," 20 Nov. 2019 After Brown walked away, the victim realized her key fob, which had been clipped to the side of her bag, was missing. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A woman took a key fob off a woman's purse at Brookfield Square Mall, then stole her car, complaint says," 20 Nov. 2019 As this happened, the girl’s friend and neighbor, also 13, came walking up to the bus stop. cleveland, "Detectives seeking man who got of car and danced for girls, 13, at bus stop: University Heights police blotter," 20 Nov. 2019 For some, Thanksgiving tradition includes a morning run or walk meant to help others. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Capitol Steps making fun of politicians to benefit The Arc Carroll County," 18 Nov. 2019 Rock Ya-Sin An ankle injury knocked Ya-Sin out of the game in the second half and ended up making him leave the stadium in a walking boot, but the cornerback turned in his best game of his rookie year against the Jaguars. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Thumbs up, thumbs down: A lot to like from Colts secondary in win over Jaguars," 18 Nov. 2019 Things as simple as getting out of bed or walking around can be challenging, says Dr. Halscott. Cassie Shortsleeve, Glamour, "What is a C-Section? Everything You Need to Know About the Procedure," 17 Nov. 2019 With six pins in her foot, her doctor told her she may never walk normally again. Dylan Owens, Billboard, "Canadian Producer Whipped Cream Rises to the Top," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Join the staff for a walk among the weeds at Wolf Creek. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Venture outside this December in Medina County’s parks," 6 Nov. 2019 For a year-and-a-half, Kelly Dwyer had been hidden under trees just six miles from busy I-94 before her remains were discovered by local man out for a walk. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Solving the mystery behind the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer," 2 Nov. 2019 Go for a walk with a dog, and chances are people will feel more comfortable approaching and talking to you. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Need help with your love life? Get a dog," 1 Nov. 2019 Guests may now choose to ride a resort tram from the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures, or stroll across the 174-foot-long bridge for a short walk through Downtown Disney District to reach the Main Entrance esplanade. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Feature: New Pedestrian Bridge Now Open, Connecting Disneyland Resort Parking to Downtown Disney District," 23 Oct. 2019 And early Tuesday morning Northern district officers were called to a hospital for a walk-in shooting victim. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Police investigating Northeast Baltimore fatal double shooting as possible murder-suicide," 8 Oct. 2019 The Corolla then hit the woman who had been out for a walk, sending her flying into the air. New York Times, "She Texted About Dinner While Driving. Then a Pedestrian Was Dead.," 22 Nov. 2019 Doing this is simple: Go outside for a walk or for a ride in the fresh air, and the sights and sounds of the land or water around us can help in this reset. Ron Seifer, sun-sentinel.com, "Help refuge while shopping for holiday gifts | Opinion," 22 Nov. 2019 When Lucky needed a break, Kent took him for a walk. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Lucky the pit bull — every bit of him — gets his day in court," 22 Nov. 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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Walk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking%20off%20with. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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