Definition of walk verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [intransitive, transitive] to move or go somewhere by putting one foot in front of the other on the ground, but without runningThe baby is just learning to walk.“How did you get here?” “I walked.” + adverb/prepositionHe 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 somethingChildren here walk several miles to school.2 [transitive] walk someone + adverb/preposition to go somewhere with someone on foot, especially in order to make sure they get there safelyHe always walked her home.3 [transitive] walk something + adverb/preposition to take an animal for a walk; to make an animal walk somewhereThey walk their dogs every day.She walked the horse around the ring.4 [transitive] walk something to move a large or heavy object along the ground while walking with itHe walked the bookcase to the other end of the room.We walked our bikes up the hill.5 [intransitive, transitive] walk (someone) (in baseball) to go to first base after four pitches are thrown outside the strike zone; to allow a batter to do thisThe pitcher walked the first batter in the fifth inning.6 [intransitive] (informal) to disappear; to be taken awayLock up any valuables. Things in this office tend to walk (= be stolen).7 [intransitive] (literary) (of a ghost) to appearIDIOMS

be skating/walking on thin ice

to be taking a risk
be skating on thin icebe walking on thin ice

float/walk on air

to feel very happy
Most couples feel like they are walking on air on their wedding day.float on airwalk on air

go/walk down the aisle

(informal) to get marriedgo down the aislewalk down the aisle

run before you can walk

to do things that are difficult, without learning the basic skills first
run before you can walk

tread/walk a tightrope

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.tread a tightropewalk a tightrope

walk a/the beat

(of police officers) to walk around the area that they are responsible forwalk a beatwalk the beat

walk free

to be allowed to leave court, etc., without receiving any punishment
walk free

walk it

(informal) to go somewhere on foot instead of in a vehicleIt's not very far. We can easily walk it.walk it

walk someone off their feet

(informal) to make someone walk so far or so fast that they are very tiredI hope I haven't walked you off your feet.walk off their feet

walk off the job

to stop working in order to go on strike
walk off the job

walk the plank

(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 plank

walk the streets

to walk around the streets of a town or city
Is it safe to walk the streets alone at night?walk the streets

walk tall

to feel proud and confident
walk tall

walk the walk

(informal, approving) to act in a way that shows people you are really good at what you do, and not just good at talking about itYou can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?walk the walk

walk away (from someone/something)

to leave a difficult situation or relationship, etc. instead of staying and trying to deal with itHe was tempted to walk away from the problem.walk awaywalk away from

walk away with something

(informal) to win or obtain something easilyShe walked away with the gold medal.walk away with

walk in on someone/something

to enter a room when someone in there is doing something private and does not expect youwalk in on

walk into something

(informal)1 to become involved in an unpleasant situation, especially because you were not sensible enough to avoid itI realized I'd walked into a trap.2 to succeed in getting a job very easilyShe walked straight into a job at the bank as soon as she graduated.walk into

walk into something/someone

to crash into something or someone while you are walking, for example because you do not see themI was in a hurry and almost walked into the glass door.walk into

walk off

to leave a person or place suddenly because you are angry or upsetwalk off

walk somethingoff

1 to go for a walk after a meal so that you feel less fullWe walked off a heavy Sunday lunch.2 to go for a walk in order to make yourself feel betterIs your foot OK? Come on, let's walk it off.walk off

walk off with something

(informal)1 to win something easily2 to take something that is not yours; to steal somethingwalk off with

walk out

(informal) (of workers) to stop working in order to go on strike related noun walkoutwalk out

walk out (of something)

to leave a meeting, performance, etc. suddenly, especially in order to show your disapprovalThey hinted that they would walk out of the peace talks.walk outwalk out of

walk out (on someone)

(informal) to suddenly leave someone that you are having a relationship with and that you have a responsibility for synonym desertHow could she walk out on her kids?walk outwalk out on

walk out (on something)

(informal) to stop doing something that you have agreed to do before it is completedI never walk out on a job that's half done.walk outwalk out on

walk (all) over someone

(informal)1 to treat someone badly, without considering them or their needsShe'll always let him walk all over her.2 to defeat someone easily related noun walkoverwalk overwalk all over

walk someone through something

to help someone learn or become familiar with something, by showing them each stage of the process in turnShe walked me through a demonstration of the software. related noun walk-throughwalk through

walk up (to someone/something)

to walk toward someone or something, especially in a confident wayShe just walked up to the desk and asked to see the manager.walk upwalk up to
Usage noteUsage note: takelead 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.patternsto take/lead/escort/drive/show/walk/guide/usher/direct someone to/out of/into somethingto take/lead/escort/drive/show/walk/guide/usher someone aroundto take/lead/escort/drive/walk someone hometo take/lead/escort/guide/usher someone to safetyto lead/show the wayUsage noteUsage note: ways of walkingcreep He could hear someone creeping around downstairs.limp One player limped off the field with a twisted ankle.pace I found him in the corridor, nervously pacing up and down.pad She spent the morning padding around the house in her slippers.plod They wearily plodded home through the rain.shuffle The people waiting in line shuffled slowly forward.stagger They staggered out of the bar, completely drunk.stomp She stomped out of the room, slamming the door behind her.stroll Families were strolling around the park.tiptoe They tiptoed upstairs so they wouldn’t wake up the baby.trudge We trudged up the hill.