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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The park, which currently includes a pavilion, several sports fields and walking trails, was dedicated in 2001 and named after Sylvan Rodriguez, the late journalist who lived in the Clear Lake area. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Most of Sylvan Rodriguez Park to be restored to natural habitats," 18 July 2019 There were upscale hotels and fine dining spots within easy walking distance. Tribune News Service, cleveland.com, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 After walking barefoot through the desert for more than mile to a nearby highway, a Kern County deputy sheriff found the female victim with her hands still bound behind her back and a blindfold pushed over forehead, Brown said. Daily Pilot, "Trial begins for man accused of kidnapping and torturing Newport Beach dispensary owner," 18 July 2019 Late Tuesday, Sorley was accused of swiping Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off home run against the Reds from two young boys who were reaching into the basket for the game-winning ball. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "‘Mai Tai Guy’ defends himself after swiping home run ball from kids: ‘You know the rules here’," 17 July 2019 Johnson, who has a solid arm, is a walking trick play. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: George Johnson III could be a pass-throwing wildcard WR," 16 July 2019 The Aberdeen IronBirds won their 11th game over the past 13 games Monday and did so with a ninth inning, walk-off rally. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "IronBirds rally in 9th, walk-off for sweep over Williamsport," 16 July 2019 Admission to the park is $10 a car, which includes access to all the encampments, re-enactments, presentations and walk-through tours of the house and mill. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Historical Society hosting first Sundae Scoop for National Ice Cream Day," 16 July 2019 In his first outing since starting the All-Star game for the National League, Ryu allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out six across seven innings. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers go extra innings to win series after Red Sox rally against Pedro Baez," 14 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another Willekes One other new name on the roster also raised eyebrows: Charles Willekes, brother of All-American Kenny Willekeswho will be a 20-year-old walk-on freshman this fall. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football: Mark Dantonio says QB Brian Lewerke 'back and healthy'," 18 July 2019 For years, Comic-Con has staked out large swaths of the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, but always within a short walk of the convention center. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con’s ever-expanding universe: At 50, the show is bigger than ever," 17 July 2019 The new away kit is inspired by the Mod culture that thrived on the King’s Road, a short walk from Stamford Bridge, in the 1960s. SI.com, "Chelsea Away Kit: Club Reveal Mod-Inspired White Kit for 2019/20 Season," 17 July 2019 The park will be at the top of the High Noon run and will be accessible via a ride on the Black Mountain Express chairlift followed by a short walk. Antonio Olivero, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin is opening its terrain park for skiing this weekend," 10 July 2019 Plus, the cottage was a quick walk to a lush park where both could romp. Ellen James Martin, courant.com, "Selling a house that’s on a busy street," 10 July 2019 And the corner of Dauphine and Canal is a quick walk from where young Louis is believed to have lived, with his mother and sister, and across the street from where the Item later reported him selling newspapers as a youth. Gwen Thompkins, The New Yorker, "An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness," 8 July 2019 This formal ceremony and reception was not the couple's first walk down the aisle. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner's Wedding Gown Took Over 350 Hours to Make," 8 July 2019 Both the airport and train station are within a very short walk of the Denali Visitor Center, open summer only. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Denali National Park and Preserve," 8 July 2019

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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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walkable

walkabout

walk-around

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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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