Walk definition

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To go on foot for pleasure or exercise; stroll.

Walked along the beach looking for shells.

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To conduct oneself or behave in a particular manner; live.

Walks in majesty and pride.

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To join with others in a cooperative action, a cause, etc.
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To traverse by walking (analogous gradual movement).

I walked the streets aimlessly. Debugging this computer program involved walking the heap.

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To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run.

A baby learning to walk; a horse walking around a riding ring.

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To appear as a supernatural being.

The specter of famine walks through the land.

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The definition of a walk is a period of movement on foot.

An example of walk is a stroll to the grocery store.

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To go out on strike.
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To resign from one's job abruptly; quit.
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To be acquitted.

The alleged killer walked.

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(baseball) To go to first base after the pitcher has thrown four pitches ruled as balls.
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(basketball) To move illegally while holding the ball; travel.
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To go or pass over, on, or through by walking.

Walk the financial district of a city.

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To bring to a specified condition by walking.

They walked me to exhaustion.

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To cause to walk or proceed at a walk.

Walk a horse uphill.

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To accompany in walking; escort on foot.

Walk the children home; walked me down the hall.

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To traverse on foot in order to survey or measure; pace off.

Walked the bounds of the property.

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To move (a heavy or cumbersome object) in a manner suggestive of walking.

Walked the bureau into the hall.

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To allow (a batter) to go to first base by throwing four pitches ruled as balls.
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To cause (a run) to score by walking a batter. Often used with in.
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The distance covered or to be covered in walking.
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A place, such as a sidewalk or promenade, on which one may walk.
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A route or circuit particularly suitable for walking.

One of the prettiest walks in the area.

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An enclosed area designated for the exercise or pasture of livestock.
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The gait of a human or other biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
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The gait of a quadruped in which at least two feet are always touching the ground, especially the gait of a horse in which the feet touch the ground in the four-beat sequence of near hind foot, near forefoot, off hind foot, off forefoot.
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The self-controlled extravehicular movement in space of an astronaut.
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The rate at which one walks; a walking pace.
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The characteristic way in which one walks.
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(baseball) A base on balls.
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(basketball) The act or an instance of moving illegally with the ball; traveling.
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A track event in which contestants compete in walking a specified distance.
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Racewalking.
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An arrangement of trees or shrubs planted in widely spaced rows.
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The space between such rows.
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To go along or move about on foot at a moderate pace.
  • To move by placing one foot firmly before lifting the other, as two-legged creatures do, or by placing two feet firmly before lifting either of the others, as four-legged creatures do.
  • To go about on foot for exercise or pleasure; hike.
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To return after death and appear on earth as a ghost.
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(obs.) To be active or in motion, or to keep moving.
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(slang) To be acquitted or set free without punishment: usually connoting a belief in the accused person's guilt.
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(baseball) To be advanced to first base as a result of being pitched four balls.
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To play a walking bass part, as on a double bass or piano.
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To follow a certain course of life; conduct oneself in a certain way.

Let us walk in peace.

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To go on strike.
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To leave abruptly, often in anger or in a show of protest.
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To go through, over, or along at a moderate pace on foot.

To walk the deck, the streets, etc.

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To traverse (a boundary, fence, etc.) on foot in order to survey, inspect, or repair.
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To push (a bicycle, motorcycle, etc.) while walking alongside or behind.
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To accompany (a person) on a walk or stroll.

To walk a friend home.

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To bring (a person or animal) to a specified state by walking.

To walk someone to exhaustion.

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To move (a bulky or heavy object) by rocking along from one side or corner to another in a manner suggestive of walking.
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To cause (a horse, dog, etc.) to move at a walk; lead, ride, or drive at a walk.
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To train and exercise (a horse, dog, etc.) in this way.
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To force (a person) to move at a walk, as by grasping the shoulders and pushing.
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To advance (a batter) to first base by pitching four balls.
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To force (a run) in by doing this when the bases are loaded.
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The act of walking.
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A period or course of walking for pleasure or exercise; stroll or hike.
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A route traversed by walking.
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A distance walked, often in terms of the time required.

An hour's walk from home.

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A relatively slow pace.
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A manner of walking.

To know someone by his walk.

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A particular station in life, sphere of activity, occupation, etc.

People from all walks of life.

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(now rare) Mode of living.
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A path, avenue, etc. specially prepared or set apart for walking; specif., sidewalk.
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A place or enclosure for grazing or exercising animals, as a sheepwalk.
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(brit.) The route covered in one's round of duty or work, as in delivering mail.
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A race between walking contestants: in this sport, at all times, some part of either foot must be in contact with the ground.
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(baseball) The act or an instance of walking a batter or of being walked.
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A plantation of trees in rows with a space between.
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The space between any two such rows.
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(intransitive) To move on the feet by alternately setting each foot (pair or group of feet, in the case of animals with four or more feet) forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Compare run.

To walk briskly for an hour every day is to keep fit.

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(intransitive, colloquial, law) To "walk free", i.e. to win, or avoid, a criminal court case, particularly when actually guilty.

If you can't present a better case, that robber is going to walk.

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(intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) Of an object, to be stolen.

If you leave your wallet lying around, it's going to walk.

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(intransitive, cricket, of a batsman) To walk off the field, as if given out, after the fielding side appeals and before the umpire has ruled; done as a matter of sportsmanship when the batsman believes he is out.
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To travel (a distance) by walking.

I walk two miles to school every day. The museum's not far from here - you can walk it.

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To take for a walk or accompany on a walk.

I walk the dog every morning. Will you walk me home?

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(baseball) To allow a batter to reach base by pitching four balls.
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To move something by shifting between two positions, as if it were walking.

I carefully walked the ladder along the wall.

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To full; to beat cloth to give it the consistency of felt.
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(intransitive, colloquial) To leave, resign.

If we don't offer him more money he'll walk.

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To push (a vehicle) alongside oneself as one walks.
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To behave; to pursue a course of life; to conduct oneself.
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To be stirring; to be abroad; to go restlessly about; said of things or persons expected to remain quiet, such as a sleeping person, or the spirit of a dead person.
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I have heard, but not believed, the spirits of the dead / May walk again.

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Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

Do you think I'd walk in any plot?

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A trip made by walking.

I take a walk every morning.

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A distance walked.

It's a long walk from my house to the library.

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(sports) An Olympic Games track event requiring that the heel of the leading foot touch the ground before the toe of the trailing foot leaves the ground.
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A manner of walking; a person's style of walking.

The Ministry of Silly Walks is underfunded this year.

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A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail.
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(baseball) An award of first base to a batter following four balls being thrown by the pitcher; known in the rules as a "base on balls".

The pitcher now has two walks in this inning alone.

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To go or travel on foot.

Walked to the store.

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To move in a manner suggestive of walking.

Saw a woodpecker walking up the tree trunk.

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The act or an instance of walking, especially a stroll for pleasure or exercise.
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Walk is defined as to travel on foot.

An example of walk is to stroll down the street.

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To advance or move in a manner suggestive of walking.
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To help (a disabled person) to walk.
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(obsolete) To be in constant motion.
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walk away from
  • To outdo, outrun, or defeat with little difficulty:
    Walked away from the competition.
  • To survive (an accident) with very little injury.
  • To refuse to accept (an offer, for example).
  • To decline to continue participation in (a job, relationship, or activity, for example), often abruptly or nonchalantly.
  • To abandon (a property) on which one owes a mortgage, as when the principal of the mortgage exceeds the market value of the house.
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walk in the park
  • Something that is easy to do or accomplish.
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walk off
  • To win easily or unexpectedly.
  • To steal.
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walk on air
  • To feel elated.
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walk out on
  • To desert or abandon.
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walk (someone) through
  • To guide (someone) deliberately through (a process), one step at a time:
    She walked me through the installation of new software.
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walk the plank
  • To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.
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walk the walk
  • To have skill, ability, or experience in a given activity or field.
  • To do what one claims one will do; deliver on one's promises.
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(informal) walk (all) over
  • to defeat overwhelmingly
  • to treat in a domineering and unfeeling way
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walk away from
  • to outdistance easily; defeat handily
  • to remove oneself from involvement in or responsibility for; abandon
    walk away from a fight, walk away from a foreclosed house.
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walk away with
  • to steal
  • to win easily
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walk off
  • to go away, esp. without warning
  • to get rid of by walking
    To walk off pounds.
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walk off with
  • to steal
  • to win (a contest) or gain (a prize), esp. easily
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walk out
  • to leave abruptly or angrily
  • to go on strike
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walk out on
  • to desert; abandon
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walk through
  • to carry out a walk-through of
  • to make or become familiar with (a process, job, etc.) as by a step-by-step demonstration
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walk with God
  • to lead a godly, morally upright life
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
walk
Plural:
walks

Origin of walk

  • Middle English walken from Old English wealcan to roll wel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English walken (“to move, roll, turn, revolve, toss"), from Old English wealcan (“to move round, revolve, roll, turn, toss"), Ä¡ewealcan (“to go, traverse"); and Middle English walkien (“to roll, stamp, walk, wallow"), from Old English wealcian (“to curl, roll up"); both from Proto-Germanic *walkanÄ…, *walkōnÄ… (“to twist, turn, roll about, full"), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (“to twist, turn, move"). Cognate with Scots walk (“to walk"), West Frisian swalkje (“to wander, roam"), Dutch walken (“to full, work hair or felt"), Dutch zwalken (“to wander about"), German walken (“to flex, full, mill, drum"), Danish valke (“to waulk, full"), Latin valgus (“bandy-legged, bow-legged"). More at vagrant.

    From Wiktionary