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verb     walk pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewalking
past tensewalked
past participlewalked
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move forward by putting one foot in front of the other

    Has your little boy learned to walk yet?

    I like to walk around the lake at sunset.

    walk to:

    It takes me 25 minutes to walk to work.

    walk toward:

    Greg walked slowly toward her, smiling.

    walk in/into:

    Howard walked in with two men I’d never seen before.

    walk along:

    As we walked along she talked about her plans.

    walk across:

    I walked across the noisy playground to the main entrance.

    walk around:

    Jamie often walks around the block to clear his head.

    walk down/up:

    He walked slowly and unsteadily down the hall.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to go a particular distance by putting one foot in front of the other

      He had scarcely walked ten yards before he stopped.

      She walked three miles each day.

      walk it (=go somewhere by walking rather than in a vehicle):

      If the car’s not working, I’ll just have to walk it.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to go somewhere with someone on foot in order to be sure that they safely reach the place

    When Valerie worked late, Carl always walked her home.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to move a heavy object such as a piece of furniture by moving one side and then the other
  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal to leave your job permanently
  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to disappear, or to be stolen
  6. 6
    [intransitive] informal to be legally given your freedom after being on trial for a crime

    No one understands why Melissa’s been allowed to walk.

  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] American in baseball, if a pitcher walks a batter, or if the batter walks, the batter goes to first base because the pitcher has thrown the ball badly four times
  8. 8
    [intransitive] American to travel in the game of basketball
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