Definition of walk in English:

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Pronunciation: /wôk/


1 [no object] Move at a regular and fairly slow pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once: I walked across the lawn she turned and walked a few paces
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  • Every time I lifted my foot to walk, my other foot stuck to the ground and caused me to fall forward.
  • I continued to walk, my pace quickening once I was in a somewhat safer place.
  • As there are never any gaps in the traffic, you simply have to step out into the road and keep walking at a steady pace.
stroll, saunter, amble, trudge, plod, dawdle, hike, tramp, tromp, slog, stomp, trek, march, stride, sashay, glide, troop, patrol, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, promenade, roam, traipse;
stretch one's legs
informal mosey, hoof it
formal perambulate
1.1Use movements similar to walking but with a different part of one’s body or a support: he could walk on his hands, carrying a plate on one foot
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  • The focal point of the creation was a 10 ft tall figure which he carried and operated, while walking on stilts.
  • Juggling, walking on stilts and even dressing up as clowns were some of the activities on offer.
  • During the past week campers learnt the art of African and tassa drumming, how to walk on stilts and how to put together an atlas.
1.2Go on foot for recreation and exercise: you can walk in 21,000 acres of mountain and moorland
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  • He lists his recreations as walking, cruising, theatre, painting and travel.
  • The other most important aspect is exercise, walking, aerobics, dancing, skipping, whatever takes your fancy.
  • Patients must be initiated into simple exercises such as walking.
1.3 [with object] Travel along or over (a route or area) on foot: the police department has encouraged officers to walk the beat
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  • Residents of the parish would walk the route, carrying willow wands to beat special stones at set points around the parish boundary.
  • In part, because of that, I believe that officers walking the foot beat is a good thing.
  • I recently attended a meeting in Central Park where a considerable number of us walked the route of the proposed road.
1.4(Of a quadruped) proceed with the slowest gait, always having at least two feet on the ground at once.
Example sentences
  • This distinguishes walking from faster gaits in which ground contact is absent for brief periods.
  • Your horse stays by your side always and that includes walking next to you into a trailer.
  • She turned around again, and stroked her stallion's mane as he walked beside her.
1.5 [with object] Ride (a horse) at its slowest gait: he walked his horse toward her
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  • Just keep walking the horse up to the last point behind the trailer where it is still comfortable and stay there.
  • Each assistant walks the horses thru every step of the pattern, never letting the horse make even the slightest errors.
  • They walked their horses back to the stables and then handed them off to the stable boys.
1.6North American informal Abandon or suddenly withdraw from a job, commitment, or situation: they can walk away from the deal we were expecting the merger with Bell to go through—we didn’t expect Bell to walk on the deal
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  • When we arrived over 100 New Orleans P.D. officers had already walked off the job.
  • Should I just walk away from the deal?
  • The country was likely to walk away from the deal.
1.7 informal Be released from suspicion or from a charge: had any of the others come clean during the trial, he might have walked
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  • $500.00 bail (that means $50.00) and he walked!
  • Maybe if he hadn't been so foolish by buying books on forensic investigation or in the way he dealt with his car, he might have walked. But he didn't and clearly the jury thought he was guilty.
1.8Used to suggest that someone has achieved a state or position easily or undeservedly: no one has the right to walk straight into a well-paid job for life
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  • She walked straight into a business analyst position with a major consulting firm after graduating in economics and government.
  • After studying computer service technology at college, he walked straight into a job as an electronics engineer.
1.9(Of a ghost) be present and visible: the ghosts of Bannockburn walked abroad
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  • Maybe it's because of who my mother was, or maybe it's because of that ghost I've seen walking.
  • Can you think of a better foundation to a little child's value system than that age-old nemesis of evil - The Man who cannot die and The Ghost who walks.
  • Again, a fear of ghosts walking may be the best explanation for burials that appear ‘respectful’ in all other ways.
1.10 archaic Used to describe the way in which someone lives or behaves: walk humbly with your God
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  • Whether we like him or not, the man was born of flesh and blood, and he lived and he walked among us.
  • Having decided to remain here, it makes no sense that I walk around and live in total fear of what could happen to me.
  • This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
1.11 Baseball Be awarded first base after not swinging at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.
Example sentences
  • Never one to draw many base on balls, Rich is walking at the lowest rate of his career.
1.12 [with object] Baseball Allow or enable (a batter) to do this.
Example sentences
  • Chambers walked eight batters and struck out four in a game that took two hours and one minute to play.
  • Things got a bit tense when Gagne walked J.T. Snow on four pitches as well to load the bases.
  • After walking Stanley, Barber was replaced by Miller who got Don Weft to hit a grounder up the middle.
1.13 Baseball (Of a pitcher) give a walk with the bases loaded so as to force in (a run).
Example sentences
  • He walks a little, has some pop, makes enough contact, and has tons of speed.
  • He doesn't strike out nearly as much as most young players, and walks a little.
  • He allowed two hits and walked one in eight innings in a win over the Cubs.
1.14 Basketball another term for travel (sense 2 of the verb).
2 [with object] Cause or enable (someone or something) to walk or move as though walking: she walked her fingers over the dresses
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  • As he walks his cows out of the milking barn, he talks about grass.
  • Casually, he walks two fingers across the desk to the folder sitting there.
  • I put two fingers on it, and made a walking motion, walking my hand forward.
2.1Guide, accompany, or escort (someone) on foot: he walked her home to her door
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  • Mrs Watson gets to her feet and walks us back to our homeroom, which is empty because everyone has gone to class.
  • Holly gave Ford a hand getting to his feet, then walked him over to the elevator.
  • Then you wait for an escort to walk you the remaining 40 yards to the main building.
accompany, escort, guide, show, see, usher, take, chaperone, steer, shepherd
2.2Take (a domestic animal, typically a dog) out for exercise: a man walking his retriever
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  • Taking a walk for exercise, or to walk a dog for that matter, is thus no longer a pleasurable activity.
  • Recently, my friend with a lovely new puppy dog showed me a great place to walk the dog.
  • He walks his dog Jenny, an 11-year-old mongrel, past the river every day and saw the Environment Agency experts inspecting the dead fish.
2.3Push (a bicycle or motorcycle) while walking alongside it.
Example sentences
  • Brown was walking his bicycle across his own front yard.
  • The bicycle had a flat tire, so Frazier started walking it back to his home.


1An act of traveling or an excursion on foot: he was too restless to sleep, so he went out for a walk
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  • Back in April, my first walk in the foot and mouth outbreak was at Dalby Forest.
  • Ramblers of different levels meet every weekend to enjoy walks around the region including the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors.
  • He enjoys long walks, romantic dinners, and rescuing hostages.
stroll, saunter, amble, promenade;
ramble, hike, tramp, march;
dated constitutional
1.1 [in singular] Used to indicate the time that it will take someone to reach a place on foot or the distance that they must travel: the library is within five minutes' walk
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  • This caused a bit of a commotion as the hospital grounds are quite large and it was a five minute walk to reach the main entrance.
  • For some reason, the distance was supposedly a hike, when it was a short walk, maybe five minutes.
  • That walk was only twenty five minutes, although much of it was into the biting East Wind.
1.2A route recommended or marked out for recreational walking.
Example sentences
  • Every now and then by accident I meet people who do my walks, and out on the bike the other day I bumped into a couple who recommended walks Wetherby way.
  • The visitor centre was shut, but all we needed was the information board recommending a range of walks.
  • As is traditional the route for the walk was from Strand Village to Monagea community centre.
1.3A sidewalk or path.
Example sentences
  • I got upstairs to my apartment, glanced out the window at the sidewalk, and the walk was being shovelled.
1.4A part of a forest under one keeper.
Example sentences
  • Helen hitches a ride to Ashley Walk with New Forest Verderer Anthony Pasmore.
  • In the mid 16th century a quarter of the walk was set with old oak and the rest with oak, thorn, maple, birch, hazel, withies, holly, and ash.
  • The use of the Forest as an exclusive hunting ground waned during the reign of Charles II and the office of "Keeper of the Walk" became a Grace and Favour appointment.
1.5chiefly British The round followed by a mail carrier.
Example sentences
  • Before going on his 'walk', he would sort the mail delivered by horse and cart from Leominster into a pile for each postman and sub-office.
  • New walks often resulted from a "revision" - a reorganisation of routes following, for example, the building of a significant number of new houses in an area.
2 [in singular] An unhurried rate of movement on foot: they crossed the field at a leisurely walk
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  • We started jogging and got to the top of the street we're on and slowed to a walk.
  • She looked up to the sky and felt her pace slow to a lethargic walk.
  • As I ran past one of the gardens I slowed my pace, stumbling into a slow walk.
2.1The slowest gait of an animal.
Example sentences
  • He flicked the reins and Alberta began to move, first at a slow walk, then at a spirited canter.
  • Sarge came charging up the path and when he saw us, slowed to an easy walk.
  • The sun had been up for just a few hours when Kayin slowed Star to a walk.
2.2A person’s manner of walking: the spring was back in his walk
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  • It definitely had looked like him, and the walk and the manner had seemed all but the same.
  • However it was her companion who caught his eye, with her slow and cautious manner, and easy walk.
  • We settled into a brisk walk as we exited through the front doors and entered the parking lot.
gait, step, stride, tread
3 Baseball An instance of being awarded (or allowing a batter to reach) first base after not swinging at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.
Example sentences
  • It's still three strikes you're out and four balls for a walk but so much of the fun is gone.
  • Still winless since his arrival last month, Galva issued four walks and a wild pitch that proved to be the difference in the game.
  • In his career, he issued 70 walks in 160 innings pitched and collected 50 strikeouts.



walk all over

informal Treat in a thoughtless, disrespectful, and exploitative manner: they thought they could come in and walk all over us
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  • For some reason, beyond my comprehension, our Government seems prepared to allow continental operators to walk all over us in this manner and it is quite scandalous.
  • Minding one's manners is not synonymous with playing doormat and having people walk all over you.
  • All his life people have used, abused and walked all over him.
take advantage of, impose on, exploit, use, abuse, misuse, manipulate, take liberties with
informal take for a ride, run rings around
1.1Defeat easily.
Example sentences
  • The National League walked all over them.
  • The results reflected the change that has come over Indian morale and training since the grim days of 1962, when the Chinese walked all over them.

walking encyclopedia

(also walking dictionary)
informal A person who has an impressive knowledge of facts or words.
Example sentences
  • Henry's a walking encyclopaedia of Manchester City knowledge.
  • The man is a walking encyclopedia, with vast knowledge of history, the classics, politics, and anything else one can possibly think of.
  • He is a walking encyclopedia of names, dates and facts relating to the history of the sport and the Hall of Fame.

a walk in the park

Something that is very easy to accomplish: as any director will tell you, doing Shakespeare isn’t a walk in the park
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  • The audited statements made the financial part of the due diligence process a walk in the park.
  • The music rounds in particular were a walk in the park.
  • Being stuck alone with my father isn't a walk in the park.

walk someone off their feet

Walk with someone until they are exhausted.
Example sentences
  • At the time I was about seventy-five years and Leon wasn't too far behind me but he walked me off my feet.
  • Dr Graham walked me off my feet round the cathedral and other historic parts of the city.
  • Aged 70 she holidayed in Oban with son Anthony, walked him off his feet on a 14- mile hike, then completed the trek by doing the splits.

walk of life

The position within society that someone holds or the part of society to which they belong as a result of their job or social status: the courses attracted people from all walks of life
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  • In this job you get to know people from many walks of life and professions.
  • They are anguished arguments and they take place in all classes and walks of life.
  • This will result in the making of better professionals in every walk of life.
class, status, rank, caste, sphere, arena;
profession, career, vocation, job, occupation, employment, business, trade, craft;
province, field

walk of shame

An instance of walking back home on the day after an unplanned casual sexual encounter, typically dressed in the same clothes as the previous evening: if you’re at his and have to make the dreaded walk of shame home, steel yourself
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  • It was funny watching him do the walk of shame home the next morning.
  • Then comes this morning, and the walk of shame.
  • This is like doing the walk of shame.

walk on air

see air.

walk on eggshells

Be extremely cautious about one’s words or actions.
Example sentences
  • All his belongings are still in the flat near to our house and I am going to be walking on eggshells now until it is empty."
  • I always felt I was walking on eggshells, avoiding what you didn't want to talk about, or didn't dare talk about.
  • We were constantly walking on eggshells because we were worried about upsetting him in case it would cause a situation.

walk the walk (also walk the talk)

informal, chiefly North American Suit one’s actions to one’s words.
Example sentences
  • Some really do hold to their word and walk their talk.
  • And I concluded it's better to walk your talk than to talk.
  • But in this field of new-media communication, you'd better be able to walk your talk.

walk the plank

see plank.

walk the streets

1Walk freely in a town or city.
Example sentences
  • Large numbers of snake charmers once could be seen walking the streets of cities and towns, their cloth-covered baskets hanging from bamboo poles slung across the shoulders.
  • With the passing of our Town Hall those days are now but distant memories and far removed from an era when it is no longer safe to walk the streets of our town in early morning.
  • Some of the men and women walking the streets of our towns, cities and villages are actually not well.
2Work as a prostitute.
Example sentences
  • He made friends with the prostitutes who walked the streets and even the Narcs, who sold their vials of death on every street corner.
  • Alongside the strip clubs, peep shows, and massage parlors, a large number of prostitutes walked the streets.
  • Beggars, gamblers, drunkards, and prostitutes walked the streets, looking for money which, one way or the other, they would get.

walk the wards

dated Gain experience as a clinical medical student.
Example sentences
  • We employed two medical students to walk the wards for 28 nights, obtaining independent information about each event requiring a resident doctor or clinical site practitioner between 10 pm and 8am.
  • I had just finished my preclinical training at Cambridge and had come down to London to walk the wards at Bart's.
  • A year's experience in walking the wards was required.

win in a walk

North American Win without effort or competition.
Example sentences
  • A Republican Congressional candidate in Indiana, Chris Chocola, won in a walk, thus sparing us all ‘Re-Count Chocola’ headlines.
  • If you are wrong, what do you do then, if he doesn't win in a walk, let's say, in November?
  • When forced to choose between Lanie and his son, it's no contest: the son wins in a walk and, while it's a drag to lose Lanie, Pete's pretty stoic about the whole thing.

Phrasal verbs


walk away

Easily, casually, or irresponsibly abandon a situation in which one is involved or for which one is responsible.
Example sentences
  • The two men casually walked away when they saw the witness coming towards them.
  • If somebody's hurling abuse at you, it may be better to just walk away from the situation.
  • It is not good enough for these politicians to walk away and ignore the situation.

walk away with

informal another way of saying walk off with.

walk something back

chiefly US Retract a statement or reverse an action or decision: when given the chance to walk her remarks back, she did not
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  • As you know, we're already starting to walk back the emergency measures we took in the crisis.
  • And then later the military, the joint chiefs, tried to walk back the nuclear option, which is, of course, crazy.
  • Gingrich has since walked back those comments, insisting he is focused on the economic crisis.

walk for

Model the clothes of (a particular designer or fashion house) at a fashion show: she’s walked for Chanel and Vivienne Westwood
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  • Montana has walked for some of the world's most coveted fashion houses.
  • We had 3 models that walked for the amazing designer Kesia Estwick.
  • The model has a lengthy relationship with the fashion house, having walked for Calvin Klein in 1987.

walk in on

Enter suddenly or unexpectedly.
Example sentences
  • One of the most poignant scenes shows them entering a church, walking in on a wedding ceremony still in progress.
  • Valery opens the door and enters, walking in on Benjamin and Catherine's conversation.
  • Upon his return he walked in on her ‘entertaining’.
5.1Intrude on: he was clearly not expecting her to walk in on him just then
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  • Shannon snapped his fingers as if remembering the situation he had unexpectedly walked in on.
  • Now his mind filled with relief he walked in on yet another difficult situation which seemed to surround his life although this was a little more serious than he had expected.
  • I think I'm developing a knack for walking in on situations like this.

walk into

informal Encounter or become involved in through ignorance or carelessness: I had walked into a situation from which there was no escape
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  • They are walking into a favourable demographic situation, and recognize the fact.
  • No-one can walk into a situation and make things world class just like that - it takes time.
  • There was no chance you could walk into the Hibs situation at that time and change it overnight.

walk off with

Example sentences
  • Their success in picking the locks of the bank and walking off with the £22 million must have been an ease to them as they contemplated what presents to get for their offspring.
  • I headed back in the store with Spense and we found out that the woman behind me had picked it up and walked off with it.
  • In a situation like the Bahamas, huge multi-nationals with headquarters elsewhere are walking off with our monetary resources, while calling it a gain for us.
2Win: the team walked off with a silver medal
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  • The winning team walked off with a cash award of Rs.5,000, a rolling trophy and Reva scholarships worth Rs.25,000 each.
  • The host team also walked off with the fourth-place finish after falling to the Kelowna Owls via a golden goal.
  • Almost a year of dedication paid off for the Iphutheng Primary School team, which walked off with the Carnegie Cup at this year's Story Skirmish.
win easily, win hands down, attain, earn, gain, garner, receive, acquire, secure, collect, pick up, net
informal bag

walk something off

Exercise on foot in order to undo the effects of a heavy meal.
Example sentences
  • The next restaurant was a twenty minute walk down the road - I attempted to walk my meal off, but felt somewhat sick upon my arrival after all the moving around.
  • Still, it was filling, and like last time we left the table feeling stuffed, happy to walk it off.
  • We walked the pizza off across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan and took a quick shufty round before heading back to the hotel.

walk out

1Depart suddenly or angrily.
Example sentences
  • She looked angrily at Ellimaria and walked out of the dining hall, slamming the oversized doors behind her.
  • He had been falsely accused of stopping the publication of a leaflet and angrily walked out of a party meeting and broke with the party.
  • Deuba said the rebels had suddenly walked out of peace talks and chose to perpetrate violence of unprecedented scale in the country.
leave, depart, get up and go, storm off/out, flounce out, absent oneself
informal take off
1.1Leave one’s job suddenly.
Example sentences
  • I've just remembered one of the reasons that I originally got the first contract 3 years ago, was all the reps from other companies had walked out on him.
  • Still ahead, tens of thousands of supermarket employees all across the country have walked out on the job.
  • This sentence will definitely go into the history of the newspaper - he is the first department director who can walk out with this clear reason and he is a true man.
1.2Go on strike.
Example sentences
  • But when casuals were used in Harrow to sort blacked mail, staff walked out and joined the strike.
  • Lecturers at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire walked out in a one-day strike over pay this week.
  • Workers on the Sterling Heights picket line said they walked out over pension and health-care issues.
(go on) strike, stop work;
protest, mutiny, revolt
1.3Abandon someone or something toward which one has responsibilities: he walked out on his wife
More example sentences
  • When he walked out on the family, abandoning a wife gravely ill with cancer, he said he had found ‘a greater cause, to serve God’.
  • We're meant to feel sympathy for a man who walked out on his kid some 14 years earlier, who once even beat his wife after a vicious yelling match escalated.
  • Ghanaians are still stunned that their national coach, Mariano Barreto, walked out on the job to become the Maritimo boss - without telling them.
desert, abandon, leave, betray, throw over, jilt, run out on
informal dump, ditch
2British informal, dated Go for walks in courtship: you were walking out with Tom
More example sentences
  • That's what the headlines said when the golfer started walking out with the beautiful Spanish model Ines Sastre.
  • The next you know, Grazia's teenage daughter is walking out with the policeman and Grazia is driving around with three children on the scooter.
  • Sir Charles Bunbury called on her, and insisted on walking out with her, and became rather particular, but our heroine was inflexible.

walk over

informal another way of saying walk all over.
Example sentences
  • To others he is nothing short of a ruthless builder of wealth and prestige with little concern for those whom he walks over to get what he wants.
  • She has money problems to rival the national debt, more people walking over her than a 'Welcome' mat and the requisite ex-boyfriend from hell.
  • He let Powell walk over him too much.

walk through

Rehearse (a play or other piece), reading the lines aloud from a script and performing the actions of the characters.
Example sentences
  • In the line up I start by reminding the actors of how we approached the scene in rehearsal and then asking them just to walk through the action.
  • Expecting an actor to have the stamina to walk through a piece dozens of times while the set dressers worry about where to place a fire hydrant, and then provide a fresh, emotional performance just isn't reasonable.
11.1Act or perform in a perfunctory or lackluster manner.
Example sentences
  • But, along with the rest of the cast, the lead actor barely walks through his role and delivers his lines by rote.

walk someone through

Guide (someone) carefully through a process: a meeting to walk parents through the complaint process
More example sentences
  • Very briefly, walk us through that legal process.
  • I'm trying to walk you through the drafting process.
  • The book will walk you through the process, from locating the necessary supplies and ingredients to preparing your own starter culture.


Old English wealcan 'roll, toss', also 'wander', of Germanic origin. The sense 'move around', and specifically 'go around on foot', arose in Middle English.

  • An Old English word that originally meant ‘to roll, toss’ and ‘to wander’, and did not start to mean ‘walk’ until about 1300. The odd expression walk of life, meaning ‘a person's occupation or position within society’, probably derives from the use of walk to refer to the round or circuit of a travelling tradesman or official. In Australian English a walkabout is a journey into the bush that an Aboriginal makes to re-establish contact with traditions and spiritual sources—to go walkabout is to go on such a journey. Since around 1970 the term has also been used of the informal strolls among welcoming crowds favoured by members of the royal family and visiting dignitaries. It can also mean ‘to go missing, disappear’, especially in the context of small objects such as pens, car keys, and television remote controls. The Sony Walkman, a type of personal stereo using cassette tapes, was trademarked in 1981 became a generic term for ‘personal stereo’. See also blood

Words that rhyme with walk

auk, baulk, Bork, caulk (US calk), chalk, cork, Dundalk, Falk, fork, gawk, hawk, Hawke, nork, orc, outwalk, pork, squawk, stalk, stork, talk, torc, torque, york

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