\ ˈēk How to pronounce eke (audio) \

Definition of eke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: also


eked; eking

Definition of eke (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : increase, lengthen
2 : to get with great difficulty usually used with out eke out a living

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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even if a couple particles eke past every hurdle, their ranks are fewer, weaker, and less damaging. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 26 July 2021 Some hundred years later, Ford is now using artificial intelligence to eke more speed out of today’s manufacturing lines. Will Knight, Wired, 28 Apr. 2021 China is ordinarily eager to boost its soft power and has previously leveraged the value of its domestic box office market to eke concessions out of Hollywood studios. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2021 The pandemic is reaching deadly new heights across the world, the WHO warned this week, even as the focus in some countries, including the U.S., has shifted toward how quickly to ease restrictions as vaccination figures eke upward. Guy Davies, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2021 They're made with waterproof suede and fully sealed, so no stray snowflakes or water can eke in. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 But Tenet cost $200 million to make and needs to gross more than double that to break even; Warner Bros. might be able to eke that number out worldwide over the next few months, but very little of it will come from the U.S. David Sims, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2020 In a primary where roughly 60% of the Democratic primary electorate is black, Sanders was unable to capture enough of these voters substantially to eke through a win. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, 29 Feb. 2020 UMass men eke past George Mason Freshman Preston Santos had a season-high 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting and made a gave-saving block in the final seconds to lead the UMass men (10-14, 4-7) past George Mason (13-10, 2-8) at the Mullins Center, 69-67. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of eke


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eke


Middle English, from Old English ēac; akin to Old High German ouh also, Latin aut or, Greek au again


Middle English, from Old English īecan, ēcan; akin to Old High German ouhhōn to add, Latin augēre to increase, Greek auxein

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“Eke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eke. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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