From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwalkwalk1 /wɔːk $ wɒːk/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]WALK to move forward by putting one foot in front of the other ‘How did you get here?’ ‘We walked.’ Doctors said he’d never walk again.walk into/down/up etc Carrie walked into the room and sat down in her chair. He loved walking in the hills.walk a mile/200 metres/a short distance etc We must have walked ten miles today. I walked all the way to San Rafael.within (easy) walking distance (of something) (=near enough to be able to walk to) There are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.walking pace (=the speed that you normally walk at)2 WALK[transitive] to walk somewhere with someone, especially in order to make sure that they are safe or to be polite It’s late – I’ll walk you home.walk somebody to something Schools are urging parents to walk their children to school. She walked me to the front gate.3 WALK[transitive] to take a dog for a walk for exercise Grandma’s out walking the dog.4 [intransitive] British English informal if something has walked, it has disappeared and you think someone may have taken it My pen seems to have walked.5 → walk free6 → walk it7 → be walking on air8 → walk the streets9 → walk the beat10 → walk tall11 → walk somebody off their feet12 → walk the walk13 → walk the plank14 → walk on eggshellsTHESAURUSwalk to move forward by putting one foot in front of the otherI missed the bus so I decided to walk.We’ve walked about eight miles today.wander to walk without any clear purpose or directionThey wandered around the narrow streets of the old city.stride to walk with long steps in a determined, confident, or angry wayA man in a suit came striding purposefully into the hall.She strode onto the stage and began to address the audience.pace to walk first in one direction and then in another many times, especially because you are nervousNick was pacing up and down, waiting for the phone to ring.march to walk quickly with firm regular steps – used especially about soldiers or someone who is angryThe troops marched past with smart uniforms and good discipline.Sheila marched into the office and demanded an apology.wade to walk through deep waterWe had to wade across the river.stomp to walk putting your feet down very hard, especially because you are angryShe turned and stomped off without looking back.to walk quietlytiptoe to walk quietly and carefully on your toes because you do not want to make a noiseI tiptoed out trying not to wake the baby.creep to walk quietly and slowly because you do not want anyone to see or hear youStella crept up the stairs, hoping not to wake her parents.sneak to walk quietly so that no one notices you, especially because you are doing something you should not doThey sneaked off without paying.I quickly sneaked out to have a cigarette.pad to walk quietly without wearing shoes – also used about cats and dogs walking quietlyMichelle got up and padded barefoot down to the kitchen.The cat padded in, asking for her food.to walk slowlytrudge /trʌdʒ/ to walk in a slow tired way because it is difficult to continue walking, or you do not want to go somewhereThe men trudged along the road, heads bent against the wind.I’ve spent hours trudging around the shops looking for a present.plod to walk slowly in a tired way – often used about a horse, donkey etcThe donkey was plodding slowly along under its heavy load.I plodded on growing thirstier and hungrier.shuffle to walk very slowly and noisily without lifting your feet off the groundThe old man got up and shuffled to the door.to walk with difficultylimp to walk with difficulty because one leg hurts, so that you put most of your weight on the other legJake was limping because of the injury to his knee.stagger to walk or move unsteadily, almost falling over, especially because you are drunk or have been injuredThey finally staggered back to the hotel at 4 o'clock in the morning.He hit her and she staggered and fell.hobble to walk with difficulty in a slow and unsteady way because your legs or feet hurt or have been injuredMy new shoes were so painful I could only hobble along.She hobbled out to the car on crutches.to walk for pleasuretake a walk (also go for a walk) to walk somewhere for pleasureWe went for a walk in the park.stroll (also go for a stroll) to walk in a relaxed way, especially for pleasurePeople were strolling along beside the river.On Sunday, they went for a stroll in the park.hike (also go hiking) to walk a long way in the mountains or countryside as an activity you enjoyWe’re going hiking in Scotland this summer.They hiked around the Lake District.Pat likes doing active things like hiking and horse-riding.trek (also go trekking) to go for a walk lasting several days or weeks in a faraway place, carrying your clothes with youI’ve always wanted to go trekking in Nepal.They trekked up to Everest Base Camp. → walk away → walk away with something → walk in on somebody → walk into something → walk off → walk off with something → walk out → walk out on something → walk over somebody→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuswalk• Anna missed the bus, so she decided to walk.• How old was Daisy when she first started walking?• We must have walked about five miles today.• I was walking along Main Street when I met Pierre.• Sheena's up at six every morning to walk along the beach.• I'll bet we walked at least three miles.• She hates walking home alone at night.• I like to go walking in the woods, just to breathe the air.• Walking instead of driving is an excellent way of losing weight.• Finally he walked it over to the cashier.• Pitchers intentionally walked McCovery 260 times.• She walked on, her footsteps deliberately loud on the stone floor.• Jed walked out of the station and got into a taxi.• I thought of walking out on this guy, too, but decided against it.• Joan happily walks out with a new blender.• Let's try walking the refrigerator over to the wall.• I normally walk the six blocks to the office.• Sometimes, Ashley walks to a nearby elementary school so she can watch the children spill out on to the playground.• As the room fell suddenly, tensely silent, he began to walk, to hobble painfully and with difficulty towards Sabine.• If you walk up and down a pebbly beach, you will notice that the pebbles are not arranged at random.walking pace• Even with the wind of generosity at their back, why did they travel at a man's walking pace?• I trotted for half a block or so, then switched back to my brisk walking pace.• The target was man-shaped, man-sized, and was moved electronically across the sandbagged wall at a brisk walking pace.• Riders are sometimes slowed to a walking pace and punch the supporters who try to embrace them.• You advance at walking pace behind the barrage.• Walking pace often seems to give us the pulse of a movement; and walking pace and heartbeat are often linked.walk ... home• Davis was a late-inning defensive replacement for right fielder Geronimo Berroa and batted once, drawing an intentional walk.• I only cried later, after I walked her home.• And now don't dream of walking me home again.• Couples walked home from late dinners.• Then, walking home, I was easily overtaken by Mrs Matthews, who is 93 and lives next door.• She was walking home near Colbayns School when a man approached her and asked the time.• There was no way that Jessamy was going to let him walk round her home on his own, though.• I turned left and desultorily fell in with Ronny Taskin and his friends, who walked home the same way I did.walkwalk2 ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 [countable]DLOWALK a journey that you make by walking, especially for exercise or enjoyment It’s a long walk. Maybe we should get the bus.walk to/through/across etc a walk through the castle grounds2 [countable]DLOWALK a particular journey that you make by walking, especially one that goes through an interesting or attractive area He says he’s going on a long walk tomorrow. Have you ever done the Three Peaks walk?coastal/hill etc walk There is a stunning 10-mile coastal walk from St Andrews to Crail.3 [countable] an organized event when people walk for pleasure Let’s all go on the beach walk. The local tourist office organises a number of guided walks.4 [singular]WALK the way someone walks SYN gait You can often recognize people by their walk.5 [singular] when you walk rather than run Breathless, she slowed to a walk. → walk of life, → sponsored walk at sponsor2(5)COLLOCATIONSverbsgo for a walkLet’s go for a walk on the beach.take/have a walkShe took a walk through the town.take somebody/a dog for a walkCould you take the dog for a walk?ADJECTIVES/NOUN + walka long walkWe went for a long walk in the woods.a short walkThe house is only a short walk from local shops.a little walkI just felt like a little walk.a brisk walkA brisk walk will improve your circulation.an easy walkFrom here it is an easy walk to the summit.a five-mile/ten-kilometre etc walkHe began the five-mile walk back to town.a five-minute/two-hour etc walkThere’s a good restaurant a five-minute walk away.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘go a walk’ or ‘make a walk’. Say go for a walk. THESAURUSwalk noun [countable] a journey that you make on foot, especially for exercise or enjoymentI took the dog out for a long walk in the fresh air.We went for some lovely walks.Do you fancy going out for a walk?hike noun [countable] a long walk in the mountains or countrysideWe went for a hike in the woods.There are some good hikes nearby.stroll noun [singular] a slow, relaxed walkLet’s take a stroll in the park.We went for a stroll along the river.wander British English a short relaxed walk, especially to look around a placeWe had a wander round the town and then went to the beach.trek noun [singular] used when talking about a long walk in the mountains, countryside etc which lasts for several days and which you do for pleasure. Also used about a long tiring walk somewhere, which you do not want to have to do They went on a three week trek in the Atlas Mountains.We then had a long trek back to our hotel with all our luggage.slog [singular] a long, tiring, and unpleasant walk, which continues for several hoursIt was a dreary slog over bleak and windswept hills. march noun [countable] an occasion when a group of people walk somewhere together, in order to protest about somethingDemonstrators are planning a march through the capital.a peace march
Examples from the Corpuswalk• The park was full of Sunday afternoon walkers.• In spite of the cold, Lilly and Eleanor and I went for a walk down the hill toward the river.• Local Activities: walks, golf, beaches.• The woman's stiff, agitated walk showed how nervous she was.• There are a limited number of places on each walk so it is best to obtain your ticket in advance.• I love going for walks in the countryside.• He has a funny walk.• During her walks, she doubtless ripened her belief in the moral purpose of clothing.• Emily enjoyed her walks in the park with her father.• There are some particularly interesting walks to the north of the city.• Janet had the slow, leaning walk of an expectant mother.• From here to the bus station is a five-minute walk.• But not everybody who follows this path does the moon walk.• It was a pleasant walk, under cool, shady trees.• Always placing one foot directly in front of the other gave him a slinking walk.• The walk from the Shoe Barn had been wretched.walk to/through/across etc• Park in the United States and walk across border.• Try early evening walks to de-stress after a hard day's work.• Looks like those girls walking to work at Merrill Lynch.• Traffic is another worry-busier roads and faster cars make parents scared to let their kids walk to school alone.• Now Kovitsky walked to the front of the van.• Willie had never walked through so many leaves.• A colonel in golf togs walked through.• Sometimes we walked to the nearest cove.coastal/hill etc walk• At 56, she works full-time, runs a home, enjoys hill walking - and to my eyes, looks terrific.• Excellent shops, fine coastal walks and lovely gardens complete this picturesque resort.• For mountaineers, there's a Lightweight Texaport jacket called the Avalanche and three microfibre jackets for hill walking or climbing.• There is a stunning 10-mile coastal walk from St Andrews to Crail.• Some of the stunts are even more crazy, such as moonlight hill walks and dawn barbecues.guided walks• A full and varied exhibition programme is mounted along with countryside events, and guided walks.• Free activities: There are guided walks organised by the local tourist office, and various festivals throughout the season.• Free activities: The brass band gives regular concerts, there are guided walks and even occasional windsurfing regattas!• Brendan Tours offers 10-day guided walks that cover from six to 10 miles.• These include guided walks, talks and workshops.• Ample opportunities for many activities plus a varied programme of guided walks and events.• The Alpenblick offers a weekly slide show and regular guided walks with the owner.• There are some really lovely places to explore, including some guided walks organised by the Tourist Office.slowed to a walk• They escaped into the relative quiet of Nails's cul-de-sac and slowed to a walk.• When he saw or heard other people, he slowed to a walk until they were past, then he ran again.• I slowed to a walk, pouring sweat.• Sharpe slowed to a walk and drew his sword.