hike

verb
\ ˈhīk How to pronounce hike (audio) \
hiked; hiking

Definition of hike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to go on a hike
b : to travel by any means
2 : to rise up especially : to work upward out of place skirt had hiked up in back

transitive verb

1a : to move, pull, or raise with a sudden motion hiked himself onto the top bunk
c : to raise in amount sharply or suddenly hike rents
2 : to take on a hike
3 : to traverse on a hike hike a trail

hike

noun

Definition of hike (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise — see also take a hike
2 : an increase especially in quantity or amount a new wage hike

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Other Words from hike

Verb

hiker noun

Examples of hike in a Sentence

Verb We spent the afternoon hiking around the lake. She hiked 10 miles in the hot desert sun. We hiked some of the shorter trails. Our neighbors spent their vacation hiking the Rockies. The state keeps hiking the tax on cigarettes. There's talk of hiking the eligibility age. I hiked myself onto the ledge. Noun We went for a hike around the lake. The school lost a number of students after the tuition hike.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The plan takes effect Feb. 1 and will allow as many as 64 people per day to hike the popular rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border — up from the previous limit of 20 people per day, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in a news release. Brady Mccombs, The Arizona Republic, "Federal government triples daily number of hikers allowed at the Wave formation on Utah-AZ border," 12 Jan. 2021 Comer voted for the House bill that would hike the $600 stimulus checks up to $2,000. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell under pressure from other Republicans over $2,000 checks," 1 Jan. 2021 Stop at Logan Pass, and hike the Highline Trail for phenomenal summer wildflowers. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Nature Is in Charge at Glacier National Park," 18 Dec. 2020 For more beach time with a side of sand dunes, continue north to the always-popular Kohler-Andrae State Park outside Sheboygan to hike on a 2-mile cordwalk through dunes along the lake. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Frozen falls, lake views and castles: 3 winter day trips from Milwaukee," 27 Nov. 2020 The poll came shortly after voters rejected Proposition 15, a $140 million campaign to hike property taxes on businesses across the state. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer could be California's first GOP governor since Schwarzenegger," 25 Nov. 2020 Urban firefighters use air tanks and face masks to safely breathe in a structure fire, but the same is not feasible for wild land firefighters who often have to hike for miles and work 12 to 24 hour shifts. CBS News, "Study finds high levels of cancer-causing chemicals in California firefighters' blood: "I couldn't help but think about 9/11"," 26 Aug. 2020 Don’t let your hips sink or hike up to the ceiling. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Family-Friendly Workout to Fight Cabin Fever," 2 Jan. 2021 With the main rivers high and muddy, now is the time to hike a bit and check out the tributaries of the Rocky, Chagrin, Grand and Ashtabula rivers. cleveland, "Ice just forming, and it’s not safe yet: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Jan. 1-3, 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That repeal, combined with elevated package volumes and a new postage rate hike, could be enough, some experts say, to put the Postal Service on more stable financial footing and stave off more congressional intervention. Washington Post, "Biden inherited a USPS crisis. Here’s how Democrats want to fix it.," 6 Feb. 2021 Xcel initially proposed an interim rate hike for all customers on Jan. 1 of $309 million or 10.6%. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Crunch time for Xcel electricity rate hike request," 13 Dec. 2020 The Gary Sanitary District in September proposed a rate hike of $13.15 a month, almost doubling the current rate of $16.30 a month to $27.45 a month. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, "Faced with 73% trash collection rate hike, council, mayor look for options for Gary residents," 20 Nov. 2020 As a child, Sammy Potter asked his mother for an unusual birthday present: to go on a hike. Los Angeles Times, "Stanford students aim to be youngest to conquer nearly 8,000-mile Triple Crown of hikes," 18 Jan. 2021 Colt and Rigby led the way on the hike to the cabin situated on a lakeshore in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where no power equipment is allowed, including chain saws, power augers or snowmachines. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "At a quiet cabin in Alaska, all is calm — if not completely silent — for a dog easily spooked by fireworks," 9 Jan. 2021 Vadie’s father, Stephen Sides, took Vadie on a hike back to where she was lost. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘We absolutely consider her an inspiration’: Vadie Sides thriving after being lost in Alabama woods for 2 days," 19 Dec. 2020 After the networks projected a Biden win, Madi Winger, 28, of Phoenix, went on a hike. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Thank God, it’s over! (Isn’t it over? Oh, God . . .)," 14 Nov. 2020 Colorado’s director of football operations is ticketed for violating a public health order while leading players on a hike in the Rockies. oregonlive, "The Pac-12 is moving slowly to start a fall sports season, and that is a good thing: Issues & Answers," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hike

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hike

Verb

perhaps akin to hitch entry 1

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17 Feb 2021

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“Hike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hike. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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hike

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise : to go on a hike
: to suddenly increase the cost, amount, or level of (something)
: to pull or lift (something, such as yourself or part of your clothing) with a quick movement

hike

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hike (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually long walk especially for pleasure or exercise
: a usually sudden increase in the cost, level, or amount of something

hike

verb
\ ˈhīk How to pronounce hike (audio) \
hiked; hiking

Kids Definition of hike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise

Other Words from hike

hiker noun

hike

noun

Kids Definition of hike (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise

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