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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
walk /wɔk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to move on foot at a moderate pace or speed, usually naturally, normally, and without hurry:[no object]He walks to work every day.
  2. to proceed along, through, or over on foot:[+ object]walked several miles.
  3. to cause or help to walk:[+ object]She walked the old man back to his seat.
  4. Sport(in baseball) to (cause to) receive a base on balls: [no object]The batter walked, forcing in a run.[+ object]The pitcher walked the next two batters.
  5. to lead, drive, or ride at a walk, as an animal:[+ object]She woke up early to walk the dog.
  6. to go with or accompany (someone) on foot:[+ object]I'll walk you to the elevators.
  7. walk off or  away with, [+ off/away + with + object]
    • to steal:Someone walked off with the money.
    • to win, esp. with ease:She walked away with the prize for best essay.
  8. walk out, [no object]
    • to go on strike.
    • to leave in protest.
  9. walk out on, [+ object] to desert;
    leave behind;
    forsake:He walked out on his family.
  10. Show Businesswalk through: 
    • Show Business[+ through + object] to rehearse (a play or the like) by reading the lines out loud while doing the physical movements that are called for.
    • , Show Business[+ through + object] to perform or do (something) in an indifferent manner, in a way that shows that one does not care:During the last two weeks of his job he just walked through his duties.
    • [+ object + through + object] to guide (someone) carefully through a task, procedure, etc.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of walking:a short walk for exercise.
  2. a characteristic style of walking:a stiff walk.
  3. a distance walked or to be walked:a ten-minute walk from here.
  4. Sport[Baseball.] base on balls.
  5. a place or path for walking.
  6. a branch of activity, line of work, or position in society:all walks of life.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
walk  (wôk),USA pronunciation  v.i. 
  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.
  3. (of things) to move in a manner suggestive of walking, as through repeated vibrations or the effect of alternate expansion and contraction:He typed so hard that the lamp walked right off the desk.
  4. Sport[Baseball.]to receive a base on balls.
  5. Slang Terms
    • 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.
  6. to go about on the earth, or appear to living persons, as a ghost:to believe that spirits walk at night.
  7. (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.
  8. to conduct oneself in a particular manner;
    pursue a particular course of life:to walk humbly with thy God.
  9. Sport[Basketball.](of a player in possession of the ball) to take more than two steps without dribbling or passing the ball.
  10. [Obs.]to be in motion or action.

v.t. 
  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.
  3. to force or help to walk, as a person:They were walking him around the room soon after his operation.
  4. to conduct or accompany on a walk:He walked them about the park.
  5. to move (a box, trunk, or other object) in a manner suggestive of walking, as by a rocking motion.
  6. Sport[Baseball.](of a pitcher) to give a base on balls to (a batter).
  7. to spend or pass (time) in walking (often fol. by away):We walked the morning away along the beach.
  8. to cause or accomplish by walking:We saw them walking guard over the chain gang.
  9. to examine, measure, etc., by traversing on foot:to walk a track; to walk the boundaries of the property.
  10. [Basketball.]to advance (the ball) by taking more than two steps without dribbling or passing.
  11. Sport, Informal Terms[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.
  12. walk off, to get rid of by walking:to walk off a headache.
  13. 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.
  14. walk out: 
    • to go on strike.
    • to leave in protest:to walk out of a committee meeting.
  15. walk out on, to leave unceremoniously;
    desert;
    forsake:to walk out on one's family.
  16. British Termswalk out with, to court or be courted by:Cook is walking out with the chauffeur.
  17. 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.
  18. walk Spanish: 
    • to be forced by another to walk on tiptoe.
    • to walk cautiously.
    • to be discharged or dismissed.
    • to discharge or dismiss (someone).
  19. walk the plank. See  plank (def. 5).
  20. walk through, [Theat., Television.]
    • Show Businessto release (a play) by combining a reading aloud of the lines with the designated physical movements.
    • Show Business[Informal.]to perform (a role, play, etc.) in a perfunctory manner.
    • Show Businessto make little or no effort in performing one's role:He didn't like the script and walked through his part.
  21. Sportwalk up, (of a hunter) to flush (game) by approaching noisily on foot and often with hunting dogs.

n. 
  1. an act or instance of walking or going on foot.
  2. a period of walking for exercise or pleasure:to go for a walk.
  3. a distance walked or to be walked, often in terms of the time required:not more than ten minutes' walk from town.
  4. the gait or pace of a person or an animal that walks.
  5. a characteristic or individual manner of walking:It was impossible to mistake her walk.
  6. a department or branch of activity, or a particular line of work:They found every walk of life closed against them.
  7. Sport[Baseball.]See  base on balls. 
  8. a path or way for pedestrians at the side of a street or road;
    sidewalk.
  9. a place prepared or set apart for walking.
  10. a path in a garden or the like.
  11. a passage between rows of trees.
  12. an enclosed yard, pen, or the like where domestic animals are fed and left to exercise.
  13. Sportthe walk. See  race walking. 
  14. a sheepwalk.
  15. a ropewalk.
  16. (in the West Indies) a plantation of trees, esp. coffee trees.
  17. a group, company, or congregation, esp. of snipes.
  18. British Terms
    • 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.
  19. [Archaic.]manner of behavior;
    conduct;
    course of life.
  20. [Obs.]a haunt or resort.
  21. Informal Termstake a walk, to leave, esp. 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.
  • bef. 1000; (verb, verbal) Middle English walken, Old English wealcan to roll, toss, gewealcan to go; cognate with Dutch, German walken to full (cloth), Old Norse vālka to toss; (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged step, stride, stroll, saunter, ambulate, perambulate, promenade.
    • 32.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stroll, promenade, constitutional.
    • 35.See corresponding entry in Unabridged step, carriage.
    • 37.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sphere, area, field.
    • 39, 40.See corresponding entry in Unabridged passage, footpath, alley, avenue.
    • 43.See corresponding entry in Unabridged run.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

walk /wɔːk/ vb
  1. (intransitive) 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. (transitive) to pass through, on, or over on foot, esp habitually
  3. (transitive) to cause, assist, or force to move along at a moderate rate: to walk a dog
  4. (transitive) to escort or conduct by walking: to walk someone home
  5. (intransitive) (of ghosts, spirits, etc) to appear or move about in visible form
  6. (intransitive) to follow a certain course or way of life: to walk in misery
  7. (transitive) to bring into a certain condition by walking: I walked my shoes to shreds
  8. to disappear or be stolen: where's my pencil? It seems to have walked
  9. walk itto win easily
  10. walk on airto be delighted or exhilarated
  11. walk tallinformal to have self-respect or pride
  12. walk the streetsto be a prostitute
  13. to wander round a town or city, esp when looking for work or having nowhere to stay
  14. walk the walk, walk the talkinformal to put theory into practice: you can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?
    See also talk
n
  1. the act or an instance of walking
  2. the distance or extent walked
  3. a manner of walking; gait
  4. a place set aside for walking; promenade
  5. a chosen profession or sphere of activity (esp in the phrase walk of life)
  6. an arrangement of trees or shrubs in widely separated rows
  7. the space between such rows
  8. an enclosed ground for the exercise or feeding of domestic animals, esp horses
  9. chiefly Brit the route covered in the course of work, as by a tradesman or postman
  10. a procession; march: Orange walk
  11. obsolete the section of a forest controlled by a keeper

See also walk away, walk intoEtymology: Old English wealcan; related to Old High German walchan, Sanskrit valgati he moves

ˈwalkable adj



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Collocations: walk [quickly, slowly, confidently], a [short, long, quick, brisk, stiff] walk, (let's) walk and talk, more...

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