- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- to go on strike.
- to leave in protest: to walk out of a committee meeting.
- 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.
Idioms about walk
- to be forced by another to walk on tiptoe.
- to walk cautiously.
- to be discharged or dismissed.
- to discharge or dismiss (someone).
Origin of walk
OTHER WORDS FROM walkun·walked, adjective
Words nearby walk
What is a basic definition of walk?
Walk is a verb that means to move at a moderate pace with the feet. A walk is a period of time spent walking. Walk can also mean to help someone walk or to cause something to walk. Walk has many other senses as a noun and verb. Walk is also used in several idioms.
When you walk, you stand upright and put one foot in front of the other at a normal pace. Normally, when most people want to move from place to place, they walk. We also use walk to describe the movement of animals with more than two legs that alternate feet as they move. For example, you could say that your cat walked across a street.
- Real-life examples: It is a major life stage when toddlers learn how to walk. You might walk to the store to buy food. Cities are full of people walking on the sidewalks.
- Used in a sentence: My foot hurts so badly that I can barely walk.
Related to this sense, a walk is a period of walking done for exercise or entertainment.
- Used in a sentence: I got so angry that I had to take a walk to cool down.
Walk can also mean to cause something (usually an animal) to walk. When referring to people, walk means to help someone walk or to join them on a walk.
- Used in a sentence: Tamica walked her elderly neighbor across the busy intersection.
Walk is also used in several idioms. If someone is said to walk the walk, for example, it means that they do exactly what they say they do. This idiom is often used along with the phrase talk the talk to refer to someone making grand statements and either succeeding or failing to live up to them.
- Used in a sentence: Nathan claims he can lift 600 pounds. He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?
Where does walk come from?
The first records of walk come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English wealcan, meaning “to roll or toss.”
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What are some synonyms for walk?
What are some words that share a root or word element with walk?
What are some words that often get used in discussing walk?
How is walk used in real life?
Walk is a very common word that means to move at an average speed by foot.
Today I walked to my kitchen and had leftover pizza for breakfast. Follow me for more health tips!
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) February 7, 2021
The weather here today is ridiculously gorgeous. Headed out for a walk with my daughter.
— Just another European American (@twilliams1960) February 6, 2021
So a doctor made me walk across the room on my tip toes in dress shoes and back again on my heels today and I think he did it for fun.
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) December 28, 2020
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Is walk used correctly in the following sentence?
I carefully walked across the room so I wouldn’t step on any toys.
How to use walk in a sentence
He has had years with control trouble and once led the league in walks.
We also did our own stand-up paddleboarding, with our kids, David and Sophia, and went for long morning beach walks, rarely seeing others.
The last time I saw a friend in person, for a long walk by the river, I returned home buzzing as if I had been to a party with a hundred people.The Most Practical Outdoor Dining Outfit Is a Snuggie|Jaya Saxena|February 9, 2021|Eater
Rather, he understands when people from all walks of life are considered for important positions, the resulting workforce will be more diverse — and stronger for it.Washington’s front office looks nothing like it ever has before. That’s a reason for hope.|Barry Svrluga|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
When he senses that we’re getting ready for a walk, or just before or after we feed him, Archie looks around for the rabbit, grabs it in his mouth, then prances about, whipping it back and forth.My dog barked at me. What’s going on in that canine skull of his?|John Kelly|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
Creating PGCs from skin tissue, on the other hand, seems like a walk in the park compared to egg freezing.
“They know there are drug spots,” said Wanda Williams, who was out for a walk with her son.
“They just walk around, they ride in their patrol cars, and they just pass by,” he said.
Your general reaction runs along the lines of: “When will these geezers give it up and go for a mall walk or something?”
Other footage shows him fleeing, keeping to a quick walk, jogging briefly, then walking again as he heads for a subway station.
The two women had no intention of bathing; they had just strolled down to the beach for a walk and to be alone and near the water.
She set off down Trafalgar Road in the mist and the rain, glad that she had been compelled to walk.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
I could see only the stretch of green before me, and I felt as if I must walk on forever, without coming to the end of it.
He used to walk through the park, and note with pleasure the care that his father bestowed on the gigantic property.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The back of her head will be quite in line with her charming little bust, and I for one shall walk round and laugh in her face.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for walk
- to be a prostitute
- to wander round a town or city, esp when looking for work or having nowhere to stay
- an arrangement of trees or shrubs in widely separated rows
- the space between such rows
Derived forms of walkwalkable, adjective
Word Origin for walk
Medical definitions for walk
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
- cock of the walk
- hands down (in a walk)
- worship the ground someone walks on