1an act of travelling or an outing on foot:he was too restless to sleep, so he went out for a walk
[in singular] used to indicate the time that it will take to reach a place on foot or the distance to be travelled:the library is within five minutes' walk
2a route recommended or marked out for recreational walking:there are picnic places and waymarked walks
a path:the street lamps illuminated the riverside walk
3 [in singular] an unhurried rate of movement on foot:they crossed the field at a leisurely walk
the slowest gait of an animal:she reined her horse to a slow walk
a person’s manner of walking:the spring was back in his walk
4British a part of a forest under one keeper.
the place where a gamecock is kept.
5British a farm where a hound puppy is trained.
6 Baseball an instance of reaching first base automatically after not hitting at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.
1 [no object, usually with adverbial] move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once:I walked across the lawnshe turned and walked a few paces
go on foot for recreation and exercise:you can walk in 21,000 acres of moorland
[with object] travel over (a route or area) on foot:the police department has encouraged officers to walk the beat
used to suggest that someone has achieved a state or position easily or undeservedly:no one has the right to walk straight into a well-paid job for life
move in a similar way to walking, but using one’s hands or a support such as stilts:he could walk on his hands carrying a plate on one foot
(of a quadruped) proceed with the slowest gait, always having at least two feet on the ground at once.
[with object] ride (a horse) at the slowest pace:he walked his horse towards her
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] guide, accompany, or escort (someone) on foot:he walked her home to her door figurativea meeting to walk parents through the complaint process
[with object] take (a dog) out for exercise:she spotted a man walking his retriever
[with object] train and look after (a hound puppy).
3 [no object] informal (of a thing) go missing or be stolen:customers have to leave a deposit to ensure the beer glasses don’t walk
4 [no object]North American informal abandon or suddenly withdraw from a job or commitment:he was in place as the male lead but walked at the eleventh hour
be released from suspicion or from a charge:had any of the others come clean during the trial, he might have walked
5 [no object] (of a ghost) be visible; appear:the ghosts of Bannockburn walked abroad
6 [no object] Cricket (of a batsman) leave the field without waiting to be given out by the umpire.
7 [no object] Baseball reach first base automatically after not hitting at four balls pitched outside the strike zone.
[with object] allow or enable (a batter) to walk.
8 [no object] archaic live or behave in a particular way:walk humbly with your God
walk before one can run
grasp the basic skills before attempting something more difficult.
(also walking dictionary)
informal a person who has an impressive knowledge of facts or words:he was a walking encyclopedia of facts on organized crime
a person’s occupation or position within society:the courses attracted people from all walks of life
walk of shame
informal an instance of walking back home on the day after an unplanned casual sexual encounter, typically dressed in the same clothes as the previous evening:if you’re at his and have to make the dreaded walk of shame home, steel yourself