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Definition of walk verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they walk
    he / she / it walks
    past simple walked
    -ing form walking
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or go somewhere by putting one foot in front of the other on the ground, but without running The baby is just learning to walk. “How did you get here?” “I walked.” + adv./prep. He walked slowly away from her. The door opened and Jo walked in. She missed the bus and had to walk home. The school is within easy walking distance of the train station. walk something Children here walk several miles to school.
  2. 2[transitive] walk somebody + adv./prep. to go somewhere with someone on foot, especially in order to make sure they get there safely He always walked her home.
  3. 3[transitive] walk something + adv./prep. to take an animal for a walk; to make an animal walk somewhere They walk their dogs every day. She walked the horse around the ring. Thesaurustakelead escort drive show walk guide usher directThese words all mean to go with someone from one place to another.take to go with someone from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place:I'll take you to the party tomorrow.lead to go with or go in front of someone in order to show them the way or to make them go in the right direction:Firefighters led the survivors to safety.escort to go with someone in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way:The president was escorted by twelve to take someone somewhere in a car, taxi, etc:My mother drove us to the to take someone to a particular place, in the right direction, or along the correct route:The attendant showed us to our seats.walk to go somewhere with someone on foot, especially in order to make sure that they get there safely; to take an animal, especially a dog, for a walk or make an animal walk somewhere:He always walked her home. Have you walked the dog yet today?guide to show someone the way to a place, often by going with them; to show someone a place that you know well:She guided us through the busy streets. We were guided around the museums.usher (somewhat formal) to politely take or show someone where you want them to be, especially within a building:She ushered her guests to their (somewhat formal) to tell or show someone how to get somewhere or where to go:A young woman directed them to the station.Patterns to take/lead/escort/drive/show/walk/guide/usher/direct somebody to/out of/into something to take/lead/escort/drive/show/walk/guide/usher somebody around to take/lead/escort/drive/walk somebody home to take/lead/escort/guide/usher somebody to safety to lead/show the way
  4. 4[transitive] walk something to move a large or heavy object along the ground while walking with it He walked the bookcase to the other end of the room. We walked our bikes up the hill.
  5. 5[intransitive, transitive] walk (somebody) (in baseball) to go to first base after four pitches are thrown outside the strike zone; to allow a batter to do this The pitcher walked the first batter in the fifth inning.
  6. 6[intransitive] (informal) to disappear; to be taken away Lock up any valuables. Things in this office tend to walk (= be stolen).
  7. 7[intransitive] (literary) (of a ghost) to appear
  8. Vocabulary Buildingways of walking creepHe could hear someone creeping around downstairs. limpOne player limped off the field with a twisted ankle. paceI found him in the corridor, nervously pacing up and down. padShe spent the morning padding around the house in her slippers. plodThey wearily plodded home through the rain. shuffleThe people waiting in line shuffled slowly forward. staggerThey staggered out of the bar, completely drunk. stompShe stomped out of the room, slamming the door behind her. strollFamilies were strolling around the park. tiptoeThey tiptoed upstairs so they wouldn’t wake up the baby. trudgeWe trudged up the hill.Idioms
    be skating/walking on thin ice
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    to be taking a risk
    float/walk on air
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    to feel very happy Most couples feel like they are walking on air on their wedding day.
    go/walk down the aisle (informal)
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    to get married
    run before you can walk
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    to do things that are difficult, without learning the basic skills first
    tread/walk a tightrope
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    to be in a difficult situation in which you do not have much freedom of action and need to be extremely careful about what you do The government is walking a difficult tightrope in wanting to reduce interest rates without pushing up inflation.
    walk a/the beat
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    (of police officers) to walk around the area that they are responsible for
    walk/tread a fine/thin line
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    to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude.
    to be allowed to leave court, etc., without receiving any punishment
    walk it (informal)
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    to go somewhere on foot instead of in a vehicle It's not very far. We can easily walk it.
    walk somebody off their feet (informal)
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    to make someone walk so far or so fast that they are very tired I hope I haven't walked you off your feet.
    walk off the job
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    to stop working in order to go on strike
    walk the plank
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    (in the past) to walk along a board placed over the side of a ship and fall into the ocean, as a punishment
    walk the streets
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    to walk around the streets of a town or city Is it safe to walk the streets alone at night?
    to feel proud and confident
    walk the walk (informal) (approving)
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    to act in a way that shows people you are really good at what you do, and not just good at talking about it You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?
    Phrasal Verbswalk away (from somebody/something)walk away with somethingwalk in on somebody/somethingwalk into somethingwalk into something/somebodywalk offwalk somethingoffwalk off with somethingwalk outwalk out (of something)walk out (on somebody)walk out (on something)walk (all) over somebodywalk somebody through somethingwalk up (to somebody/something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: walk