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walk up

1. verb To come up to someone or something on foot. Often followed by "to" and a specific person or thing. I walked up to Bob and handed him the note. The thief just walked right up and took the merchandise off the table in broad daylight.
2. verb To move to a higher level or position on foot. Often followed by "to" and a specific person or thing. Sorry, you'll have to walk up to the legal department to get that approved. Will you walk up to the boss's office and deliver this note to him for me?
3. verb To ascend (something) on foot. The road up the mountain ends here, so we'll have to walk up the rest of the way. Boy, I need to quit smoking. I can't even walk up two flights of stairs without getting winded.
4. verb To move along something toward a farther point. She walked up the path so fast that I soon lost sight of her. The butler walked up the hall of the great mansion to deliver the message to the duke.
5. noun A building that lacks an elevator. The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Primarily heard in US. This place is on the 10th floor of a walk-up? Oh dear.
6. noun Something, usually an apartment, located above the ground floor in a building that lacks an elevator (meaning that the other floors are only accessible via stairs). The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Primarily heard in US. I don't mind having a third-floor walk-up until I'm weighed down with groceries, ugh.
7. adjective Lacking an elevator. The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Primarily heard in US. This place is on the 10th floor of a walk-up building? Oh dear.
8. adjective Located above the ground floor in a building that lacks an elevator (meaning that the other floors are only accessible via stairs). The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Primarily heard in US. It's a walk-up apartment on the 10th floor? Oh dear.
9. adjective Accessible to pedestrians from the outside of the building. The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Primarily heard in US. Several new restaurants in the heart of the city capitalize on all the foot traffic by having a walk-up window for take-out.
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walk right up (to someone or something)

to move up close to someone or something, on foot; not to hesitate to approach someone or something. Walk right up to him and ask him what you want to know. Just walk right up.
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walk up something

 
1. to move up an incline or stairs on foot. Sally will have to walk up the stairs by herself.
2. to walk the length of something. I walked slowly up the hall.
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walk up to someone or something

to approach someone or something on foot. I walked up to the manager and told him my problem. Eric walked up to the door and rang the bell.
See also: up, walk