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verb (used without object)
  1. to advance or travel on foot at a moderate speed or pace; proceed by steps; move by advancing the feet alternately so that there is always one foot on the ground in bipedal locomotion and two or more feet on the ground in quadrupedal locomotion.

  2. to move about or travel on foot for exercise or pleasure: We can walk in the park after lunch.

  1. (of things) to move in a manner suggestive of walking, as through repeated vibrations or the effect of alternate expansion and contraction: If she keeps playing so hard, that vase will walk right off the piano.

  2. Baseball. to receive a base on balls.

  3. Slang.

    • to go on strike; stage a walkout: The miners will walk unless they get a pay raise.

    • to be acquitted or to be released or fined rather than sentenced to jail: If the prosecutor doesn't present his case well, the murderer may walk.

  4. to go about on the earth, or appear to living persons, as a ghost: to believe that spirits walk at night.

  5. (of a tool, pointer, or pen of a recording device, etc.) to glide, slip, or move from a straight course, fixed position, or the like: A regular drill bit may walk on a plastic surface when you first try to make a hole.When the earthquake started, the pen on the seismograph walked all over the paper.

  6. to conduct oneself in a particular manner; pursue a particular course of life: to walk humbly with thy God.

  7. Basketball. travel (def. 8).

  8. Obsolete. to be in motion or action.

verb (used with object)
  1. to proceed through, over, or upon at a moderate pace on foot: walking London streets by night;walking the floor all night.

  2. to cause to walk; lead, drive, or ride at a walk, as an animal: We walked our horses the last quarter of a mile.

  1. to force or help to walk, as a person: They were walking him around the room soon after his operation.

  2. to conduct or accompany on a walk: He walked them about the park.

  3. to move (a box, trunk, or other object) in a manner suggestive of walking, as by a rocking motion.

  4. Baseball. (of a pitcher) to give a base on balls to (a batter).

  5. to spend or pass (time) in walking (often followed by away): We walked the morning away along the beach.

  6. to cause or accomplish by walking:We saw them walking guard over the chain gang.

  7. to examine, measure, etc., by traversing on foot: to walk a track; to walk the boundaries of the property.

  8. Informal. to send (a person who has a reservation at a hotel) to another hotel because of overbooking: It's exasperating to find yourself walked when you arrive at a hotel late in the evening.

  1. an act or instance of walking, or going on foot at a moderate pace.

  2. an act, instance, or period of going somewhere on foot at a moderate pace for exercise or pleasure: After lunch we went for a walk on one of the nearby trails.

  1. a distance covered or to be covered on foot, often in terms of the time required: My cottage is about ten minutes' walk from a little general store.

  2. the gait or pace of a person or an animal that walks, or moves along on foot at slow or moderate speed: The horse allowed itself to be led at a walk around the paddock.

  3. a characteristic or individual manner of moving along on foot: It was impossible to mistake her walk.

  4. a department or branch of activity, or a particular line of work: They found every walk of life closed against them.

  5. Baseball. base on balls.

  6. a path or way for pedestrians at the side of a street or road; sidewalk.

  7. a place prepared or set apart for walking.

  8. a path in a garden or the like.

  9. a passage between rows of trees.

  10. an enclosed yard, pen, or the like where domestic animals are fed and left to exercise.

  11. the walk. race walking.

  12. (in the West Indies) a plantation of trees, especially coffee trees.

  13. a group, company, or congregation, especially of snipes.

  14. British.

    • the route of a street vendor, tradesman, or the like.

    • the district or area in which such a route is located.

    • a tract of forest land under the charge of one forester or keeper.

  15. Archaic. manner of behavior; conduct; course of life.

  16. Obsolete. a haunt or resort.

Verb Phrases
  1. walk off, to get rid of by walking: to walk off a headache.

  2. walk off with,

    • to remove illegally; steal.

    • to win or attain, as in a competition: to walk off with the first prize for flower arrangements.

    • to surpass one's competitors; win easily: to walk off with the fight.

  1. walk out,

    • to go on strike.

    • to leave in protest: to walk out of a committee meeting.

  2. walk out on, to leave unceremoniously; desert; forsake: to walk out on one's family.

  3. walk out with, British. to court or be courted by: Cook is walking out with the chauffeur.

  4. walk through, Theater, Television.

    • to release (a play) by combining a reading aloud of the lines with the designated physical movements.

    • Informal. to perform (a role, play, etc.) in a perfunctory manner.

    • to make little or no effort in performing one's role: He didn't like the script and walked through his part.

  5. walk up, (of a hunter) to flush (game) by approaching noisily on foot and often with hunting dogs.

Idioms about walk

  1. take a walk, Informal. to leave, especially abruptly and without any intention or prospect of returning (often used imperatively to indicate dismissal): If he doesn't get his way, he takes a walk.I don't need your advice, so take a walk.

  2. walk (someone) through, to guide or instruct carefully one step at a time: The teacher will walk the class through the entire testing procedure before the real test begins.

  1. walk Spanish,

    • to be forced by another to walk on tiptoe.

    • to walk cautiously.

    • to be discharged or dismissed.

    • to discharge or dismiss (someone).

  2. walk the plank. plank (def. 8).

Origin of walk

First recorded before 1000; Middle English verb walken, Old English wealcan “to roll, toss,” gewealcan “to go”; cognate with Dutch, German walken “to full (cloth),” Old Norse vālka “to toss”; noun derivative of the verb

Other words for walk

Other words from walk

  • un·walked, adjective

Words Nearby walk

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How to use walk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for walk


/ (wɔːk) /

  1. (intr) to move along or travel on foot at a moderate rate; advance in such a manner that at least one foot is always on the ground

  2. (tr) to pass through, on, or over on foot, esp habitually

  1. (tr) to cause, assist, or force to move along at a moderate rate: to walk a dog

  2. (tr) to escort or conduct by walking: to walk someone home

  3. (intr) (of ghosts, spirits, etc) to appear or move about in visible form

  4. (of inanimate objects) to move or cause to move in a manner that resembles walking

  5. (intr) to follow a certain course or way of life: to walk in misery

  6. (tr) to bring into a certain condition by walking: I walked my shoes to shreds

  7. (tr) to measure, survey, or examine by walking

  8. (tr) baseball to allow a batter to go to first base without batting by throwing four balls outside of the strike zone

  9. Also: travel (intr) basketball to take more than two steps without passing or dribbling the ball

  10. to disappear or be stolen: where's my pencil? It seems to have walked

  11. (intr) slang, mainly US (in a court of law) to be acquitted or given a noncustodial sentence

  12. walk it to win easily

  13. walk the plank See plank 1 (def. 4)

  14. walk on air to be delighted or exhilarated

  15. walk tall informal to have self-respect or pride

  16. walk the streets

    • to be a prostitute

    • to wander round a town or city, esp when looking for work or having nowhere to stay

  17. walk the walk or walk the talk informal to put theory into practice: you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk? See also talk (def. 15)

  1. the act or an instance of walking

  2. the distance or extent walked

  1. a manner of walking; gait

  2. a place set aside for walking; promenade

  3. a chosen profession or sphere of activity (esp in the phrase walk of life)

  4. a foot race in which competitors walk

    • an arrangement of trees or shrubs in widely separated rows

    • the space between such rows

  5. an enclosed ground for the exercise or feeding of domestic animals, esp horses

  6. mainly British the route covered in the course of work, as by a tradesman or postman

  7. a procession; march: Orange walk

  8. obsolete the section of a forest controlled by a keeper

Origin of walk

Old English wealcan; related to Old High German walchan, Sanskrit valgati he moves

Derived forms of walk

  • walkable, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with walk


In addition to the idioms beginning with walk

  • walk all over
  • walk a tightrope
  • walk away from
  • walk away with
  • walking encyclopedia
  • walking papers
  • walk off with
  • walk of life
  • walk on air
  • walk on eggs
  • walk out
  • walk over
  • walk tall
  • walk the floor
  • walk the plank
  • walk through

also see:

  • cock of the walk
  • hands down (in a walk)
  • worship the ground someone walks on

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