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The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

In usage, VOCABULARY on March 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Stroll and saunter, dash and dart.
All the different ways of walking and running in English!

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Kate Woodford​​​​
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This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both.

Starting with verbs for walking slowly, if we stroll, we walk slowly and in a relaxed way, usually for pleasure: They were strolling along the shore, holding hands. The noun ‘stroll’ is also used: We went for a stroll down near the river. (The adjective ‘leisurely’, meaning ‘relaxed and without hurrying’ is often used before the noun: We were just enjoying a leisurely stroll in the sunshine.) A slightly less common verb with a very similar meaning is saunter: He sauntered by, without a care in the world.

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