(wôk) KEY VERB: walked
, walks VERB: intr.
- To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run: a baby learning to walk; a horse walking around a riding ring.
- To go or travel on foot: walked to the store.
- To go on foot for pleasure or exercise; stroll: walked along the beach looking for shells.
- To move in a manner suggestive of walking: saw a woodpecker walking up the tree trunk.
- To conduct oneself or behave in a particular manner; live: walks in majesty and pride.
- To appear as a supernatural being: The specter of famine walks through the land.
- To go out on strike.
- To resign from one's job abruptly; quit.
- To be acquitted: The alleged killer walked.
- Baseball To go to first base after the pitcher has thrown four pitches ruled as balls.
- Basketball To move illegally while holding the ball; travel.
- Obsolete To be in constant motion.
- To go or pass over, on, or through by walking: walk the financial district of a city.
- To bring to a specified condition by walking: They walked me to exhaustion.
- To cause to walk or proceed at a walk: walk a horse uphill.
- To accompany in walking; escort on foot: walk the children home; walked me down the hall.
- To traverse on foot in order to survey or measure; pace off: walked the bounds of the property.
- To move (a heavy or cumbersome object) in a manner suggestive of walking: walked the bureau into the hall.
- To allow (a batter) to go to first base by throwing four pitches ruled as balls.
- To cause (a run) to score by walking a batter. Often used with in.
PHRASAL VERBS: walk out
- The gait of a human or other biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
- The gait of a quadruped in which at least two feet are always touching the ground, especially the gait of a horse in which the feet touch the ground in the four-beat sequence of near hind foot, near forefoot, off hind foot, off forefoot.
- The self-controlled extravehicular movement in space of an astronaut.
- The act or an instance of walking, especially a stroll for pleasure or exercise.
- The rate at which one walks; a walking pace.
- The characteristic way in which one walks.
- The distance covered or to be covered in walking.
- A place, such as a sidewalk or promenade, on which one may walk.
- A route or circuit particularly suitable for walking: one of the prettiest walks in the area.
- Baseball A base on balls.
- Basketball The act or an instance of moving illegally with the ball; traveling.
- A track event in which contestants compete in walking a specified distance.
- An enclosed area designated for the exercise or pasture of livestock.
- An arrangement of trees or shrubs planted in widely spaced rows.
- The space between such rows.
walk over Informal
- To go on strike.
- To leave suddenly, often as a signal of disapproval.
- To treat badly or contemptuously.
- To gain an easy or uncontested victory over.
IDIOMS: walk away from
- To perform (a play, for example) in a perfunctory fashion, as at a first rehearsal.
walk off/away with
- To outdo, outrun, or defeat with little difficulty.
- To survive (an accident) with very little injury.
walk on air
- To win easily or unexpectedly.
- To steal.
walk (someone) through
- To feel elated.
walk out on
- To guide (someone) deliberately through (a process), one step at a time: She walked me through the installation of new software.
walk the plank
- To desert or abandon.
- To be forced, as by pirates, to walk off a plank extended over the side of a ship so as to drown.
Middle English walken
, from Old English wealcan
, to roll
; see wel-2
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:walka·bili·ty(Noun)