Definition of walk-in in English:



  • 1(especially of a storage area) large enough to walk into.

    ‘a walk-in closet’
    • ‘The rambling old beach house had a dozen or more rooms, attics, walk-in closets with hidden panels and a widow's walk that gave a view of the ocean.’
    • ‘Decorated in peach, this area includes a walk-in cloakroom and guest toilet.’
    • ‘Closets - lots of closets, preferably walk-in, and as much additional storage space as possible.’
    • ‘He uses it as a combination walk-in closet and storage space, ‘a rarity in Toronto,’ he notes.’
    • ‘Two-bedroom units have one en suite bathroom while some also feature storage rooms and walk-in wardrobes.’
    • ‘There is a walk-in attic storage area off the games room.’
    • ‘A new fitted kitchen with timber framed windows overlooks the rear of the property and one of the two bedrooms has a walk-in cupboard providing generous storage space.’
    • ‘This has a sink unit, various storage presses and a walk-in wine cellar while a side door leads to an enclosed yard with a patio area, boiler house and fuel store.’
    • ‘The entire first floor is given over to the master bedroom suite, which features an en suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe area as well as fitted wardrobes.’
    • ‘There is access to an extensive walk-in storage area that stretches the length of the room.’
    • ‘Entrance is through a spacious hallway with recessed lighting, oak flooring, a walk-in storage closet and a security intercom.’
    • ‘This area includes a walk-in understairs storage facility and a cloaks closet.’
    • ‘E's sleeping area was a converted walk-in closet, with two mattresses thrown on the floor.’
    • ‘There is extensive walk-in eaves storage at this level, which the present owners use as a storage and utility room, as it is plumbed for a washing machine.’
    • ‘It is fitted with floor and eye level cupboards, with a spacious walk-in pantry providing additional storage.’
    • ‘Practical features include a walk-in cupboard in the bathroom and gas central heating throughout.’
    • ‘As well as fitted wardrobes, the room has a large walk-in dressing area.’
    • ‘At the back of the hall steps lead down to an open area with a walk-in laundry cupboard and understairs storage.’
    • ‘Each apartment has oceans of storage, including a walk-in hallway cupboard.’
    • ‘Decorated in deep yellow with a large feature stencil, it has a walk-in wardrobe with fitted storage.’
    arrive, turn up, appear, walk in, make in an appearance, put in an appearance, show one's face
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  • 2(of a service) available for customers or clients without the need for an appointment.

    ‘a walk-in clinic’
    • ‘Allowing the convenience of walk-in services for express spa care will increase participation.’
    • ‘PCTs run by family doctors and other health professionals provide a wide range of health services, including dentists, mental health care, walk-in centres, pharmacies and opticians.’
    • ‘For older adolescents, referral to a self help agency or walk-in counselling service may be appropriate - and more readily accepted.’
    • ‘The walk-in service welcomes comments, will answer questions, help with the replacement of damaged or lost Magna cards and deal with changes of address or general queries.’
    • ‘I was the walk-in doctor at my clinic today, meaning that I saw all the patients who didn't have scheduled appointments.’
    • ‘The government hopes that walk-in care centres will get away from the culture of hospital stays for routine surgery.’
    • ‘Almost any walk-in neighborhood medical clinic should see its business growing over the next decade.’
    • ‘Establishing this relationship can turn walk-in customers into life-long clients.’
    • ‘NHS walk-in clinics are to be placed in railway stations to enable commuters to see GPs on their way to work.’
    • ‘Confidential walk-in services had been established to give young people essential information about sexual health.’
    • ‘In the absence of walk-in clinics the options available to the public are self care, care in an emergency department, or care by a general practitioner.’
    • ‘Only 27% of clinics still offer some form of walk-in service available to all patients.’
    • ‘He testified that, two days after the incident, on November 21, 1999, he attended at a walk-in clinic to have his wrist examined by a doctor.’
    • ‘In the backcountry, hikers with 14-day overnight permits may stay in walk-in sites or make their own campsites.’
    • ‘The walk-in service at the clinic is designed to provide immediate and accessible services in times of need, as determined by the client.’
    • ‘An out-of-hours service will still be available at the walk-in medical centre in Carfax Street.’
    • ‘One such salon is NailBarOne, which opened last October and offers a walk-in service.’
    • ‘They also have an optometrist in an office upstairs, I got a walk-in appointment with him with no problem.’
    • ‘The service is not walk-in and those who are registered will be invited to accept an appointment or opt out of the programme.’
    • ‘As discussed previously, it is likely that many people who would not consider accessing traditional outpatient therapy services will access a walk-in service.’


  • A walk-in customer or a walk-in storage area.

    • ‘Now all she had to do was find a decent hotel to stay in that would take walk-ins, and find a way to continue on her journey.’
    • ‘Because we had such an initial influx of calls and walk-ins, we told the company to put a hold on any more sales.’
    • ‘Rong says that while a few customers are walk-ins, most customers call ahead and make an appointment.’
    • ‘ALH runs more than 130 pubs around Australia, and more than 160 retail liquor outlets, including drive-ins, walk-ins and bottle shops.’
    • ‘Your manager could assign someone to be responsible to answer the phones and delegate others to deal with the walk-ins.’
    • ‘But when the freezers, walk-ins, and water and sewer systems fail, there can be serious financial and health consequences.’
    • ‘Your doctor may not be able to see you in time, and other doctors may not want to deal with walk-ins.’
    • ‘‘We try and hold tables back for a few walk-ins,’ says Innes, ‘because it's so frustrating for so many people.’’
    • ‘These are walk-ins, in a consulting business where you don't get walk-ins.’
    • ‘This time, at 8pm on a Thursday night, The Blue Plate was already jam-packed full and we overheard walk-ins being told they'd have to wait at least one and a half hours for a table.’
    • ‘The clinics they operated were voluntary and the patients they saw were walk-ins.’
    • ‘Other than Hyatt visitors from the adjoining hotel complex, walk-ins and passing trade are unusual here at night.’
    • ‘We have about 50 people signed up and a capacity of 80, so walk-ins are welcome.’
    • ‘Not all walk-ins are outsized, however, and you may find that even after ruthless purging of your wardrobe prior to moving, you still need more closet storage.’
    • ‘Other walk-ins provide accurate leads and welcome warnings, and are genuinely interested in helping the U.S. government.’
    • ‘How many walk-ins do you need to store 200 cheeses?’
    • ‘We will give priority to advance bookings and the rest can be walk-ins.’
    • ‘The Dorchester has a full-service spa for guests and walk-ins.’
    • ‘U.S. military officials report a doubling of recruiting contacts since September 11, including inquiries by e-mail, the Web, and phone, as well as walk-ins.’
    • ‘Reservations: suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.’



/ˈwôk ˌin/