\ ˈwȯk How to pronounce walk (audio) \

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 But authorities came under pressure to crack down, after tourists complained that they had been attacked by tigers while walking among them. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Almost 150 tigers were rescued from a Thai temple. Now, over half are dead," 17 Sep. 2019 And yet, Emily Ratajkowski boldly nailed the look while walking her dog in downtown New York this morning. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Is Already Wearing One of Fashion Week’s Trickiest Trends," 16 Sep. 2019 The woman who died Sept. 13 after she was hit by a car while walking in downtown Deerfield has been identified as an Evanston resident. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Woman killed in hit-and-run crash in Deerfield identified as Evanston resident," 16 Sep. 2019 He was spotted with a walking boot on his right foot before the Wolverines' season-opener against Middle Tennessee State. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Will Michigan football's Donovan Peoples-Jones return this week? Jim Harbaugh 'not sure'," 16 Sep. 2019 Torres than ran Green as the manager continued talking while walking away following an extended argument. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lauer falls on Rockies ground again, Padres fall just short again," 14 Sep. 2019 Weaver, who remains on a quest to return by the end of the Diamondbacks' season, allowed just one hit and notched a strikeout while walking none. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Luke Weaver cruises in minor-league playoff game, still hoping for return," 14 Sep. 2019 Ross, of Apple Valley, was fatally shot while walking down a busy street in broad daylight in the city’s North End on Monday. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "15-year-old charged in fatal shooting of 18-year-old on St. Paul’s Rice Street," 12 Sep. 2019 Luzardo allowed one hit, one run and struck out two while walking none in three innings in his big-league debut Wednesday. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Liam Hendriks is A’s Clemente nominee; sets Aussie K record," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the on-set photos captured the pair taking a break from their walk to lock lips for the romantic scene. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Hudson Transforms Into Aretha Franklin for Upcoming Biopic Respect," 6 Nov. 2019 Conversely, the 5-2 Ravens had their walk in the park the first seven games (19-33-1) and are heading into their maelstrom in the last nine (36-31). Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns can still challenge for AFC North with an easy schedule, mostly backup QBs, and Ravens’ brutal slate," 30 Oct. 2019 This year, her niece, Amy Lotze, joined her for her first walk as a survivor. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "'It's a sisterhood': Breast cancer survivors promote awareness at Making Strides walk," 27 Oct. 2019 On Thursday afternoon, Smith was taking her afternoon walk when she was struck and killed by a car fleeing a Westland Street shootout. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "An elderly woman is killed on her way to the corner store and a Hartford neighborhood mourns," 25 Oct. 2019 But in recent years, age has cut his walk in the park in half. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "In a Quiet Corner, an Old Afghan Poet Polishes ‘the Heart’s Mirror’," 25 Oct. 2019 Vogueworld Emily Ratajkowski’s Latest Styling Trick Is the Key to Wearing an XXL Jacket Did Emily Ratajkowski borrow a jacket from her husband for her dog walk earlier today? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski’s Latest Styling Trick Is the Key to Wearing an XXL Jacket," 21 Oct. 2019 Leonov demonstrated that humans could indeed walk in space, but his walk wasn't without challenges. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Alexei Leonov, the First Man to Walk In Space, Has Died," 11 Oct. 2019 The site of her walk, in a city called Huambo, now sports new buildings and a neat row of young trees where there once were mines. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Angola, Prince Harry joins quest to eradicate land mines," 11 Oct. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of walk was in the 13th century

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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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