Definition of walk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɔːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they walk
    BrE BrE//wɔːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːk//
    he / she / it walks
    BrE BrE//wɔːks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːks//
    past simple walked
    BrE BrE//wɔːkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːkt//
    past participle walked
    BrE BrE//wɔːkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːkt//
    -ing form walking
    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːkɪŋ//
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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. 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 about the house in her slippers. plodThey wearily plodded home through the rain. shuffleThe queue gradually shuffled forward. staggerThey staggered out of the pub, 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 the baby. trudgeWe trudged up the hill. See related entries: Exercise
  2. 2  (also go walking) (both especially British English) [intransitive, transitive] to spend time walking for pleasure (+ adv./prep.) We're going walking in the mountains this summer. I walked across Scotland with a friend. walk something They love walking the moors.
  3. 3[transitive] walk somebody + adv./prep. to go somewhere with somebody on foot, especially in order to make sure they get there safely He always walked her home.
  4. 4[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. Synonymstakelead escort drive show walk guide usher directThese words all mean to go with somebody from one place to another.take to go with somebody from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place:It’s too far to walk—I’ll take you by car.lead to go with or go in front of somebody 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 somebody in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way:The president arrived, escorted by twelve bodyguards.drive to take somebody somewhere in a car, taxi, etc:My mother drove us to the airport.show to take somebody 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 somebody 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 somebody the way to a place, often by going with them; to show somebody a place that you know well:She guided us through the busy streets. We were guided around the museums.usher (rather formal) to politely take or show somebody where they should go, especially within a building:She ushered her guests to their seats.direct (rather formal) to tell or show somebody 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 somebody around/​round to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​walk somebody home to take/​lead/​escort/​guide somebody to safety to lead/​show the way See related entries: Pets
  5. 5[intransitive] (informal) to disappear; to be taken away Lock up any valuables. Things tend to walk here (= be stolen).
  6. 6[intransitive] (literary) (of a ghost) to appear
  7. 7[intransitive] (in cricket) when a batsman walks, he/she leaves the field without waiting for the umpire to say that he/she is out He knew he was out, so he walked.
  8. 8[intransitive, transitive] (in baseball) to reach first base automatically because the pitcher (3) failed to throw the ball correctly four times and you didn't try to hit it; to enable a batter (3) to walk He walked 60 times in 57 games. walk somebody Despite walking one batter, Jackson showed solid control of the pitch.
  9. Word OriginOld English wealcan ‘roll, toss’, also ‘wander’, of Germanic origin. The sense ‘move about’, and specifically ‘go about on foot’, arose in Middle English.Extra examples Due to his illness, he can no longer walk unaided. For our holiday we went walking in the Lake District. He walked home from school. I got up and walked calmly out into the early evening. Jake was walking some way ahead. She had no sandals and walked barefoot. She walked cautiously up the drive towards the door. The couple walked hand in hand along the beach. We went walking by the waterfront. When she walked onstage, the audience started screaming. humans’ ability to walk upright ‘How did you get here?’ ‘I walked’. A couple were walking hand in hand along the path. Have you ever walked the Pennine Way? He walked straight past me when I called. He walked the pony up and down the yard. How long does it take them to walk to school? I had to walk all the way home. I walked him to the corner of the street. She walks the dog every day at about two o’clock. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the beach. They walked barefoot through the cool grass. Try walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Walking in the countryside can be a great form of exercise. We’re going walking in the mountains this summer. Women have to walk several miles each day to get water.Idioms
    be skating/walking on thin ice
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    to be taking a risk
    to feel very happy Most couples feel they are walking on air on their wedding day. See related entries: Happiness (informal) to get married See related entries: Religious buildings, Marriage
    run before you can walk
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    to do things that are difficult, without learning the basic skills first
    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.
    a trip/walk down memory lane
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    time that you spend thinking about and remembering the past or going to a place again in order to remind yourself of past experiences Visiting my old school was a real trip down memory lane.
    (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 See related entries: Types of punishment
    1. 1to go somewhere on foot instead of in a vehicle It’s not very far. We can easily walk it.
    2. 2(British English) to easily achieve something that you want It's not a difficult exam. You'll walk it!
    walk somebody off their feet
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    (informal) to make somebody walk so far or so fast that they are very tired I hope I haven’t walked you off your feet.
    (North American English) to stop working in order to go on strike (in the past) to walk along a board placed over the side of a ship and fall into the sea, as a punishment 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 See related entries: Happiness, Confident (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 it You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?
    Phrasal Verbswalk awaywalk away with somethingwalk in on somebodywalk into somethingwalk into 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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: walk