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verb walk pronunciation in British English /wɔːk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewalking
past tensewalked
past participlewalked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move forwards 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 towards: Greg walked slowly towards 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. 5
    [intransitive] informal to leave your job permanently
  4. 6
    [transitive] informal to easily succeed at something
    He walked his geography exam.



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