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
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 Elena Burnett, who has spent years hiking and photographing remote sections of national parks from Mesa Verde to Great Sand Dunes, does serious prep work to assure her safety. National Geographic, "On her own: solo women travelers share top tips," 21 Jan. 2020 According to police interviews with Garland, the two were hiking off Old Pumpkin Ridge Road and got separated. oregonlive, "Sheriff’s office will continue search for missing woman without volunteers, following clues found Thursday," 27 Dec. 2019 Members of their small support team had hiked up the mountain from the other side and greeted them with champagne. New York Times, "Wayne Merry, Climber Who Conquered El Capitan, Dies at 88," 3 Dec. 2019 And during his time in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hiked taxes with a plan to direct the extra dollars into underfunded city employee pension plans. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Trump campaign snub, ‘it’s fine’," 4 Oct. 2019 Its members would rather hike and do acrobatic yoga. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: Women’s organization holds annual tea, honors one of its members," 17 June 2019 Today, the original farm has been preserved under a local nature trust, where folks can hike, bird, and yes, even see a Canada goose (or six). Popular Science, "The ‘chew chew cult’ is a Victorian diet fad that should really, really never come back," 29 Jan. 2020 Environmental bills: Here's the latest, including sewage, factory farms, electric vehicles 'Coal bailout': Analysts say this bill could hike customer bills and keep coal plants running Hamilton also authored HB 1228 and HB 1415. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Kids fill Indiana Statehouse to ask lawmakers for climate action," 28 Jan. 2020 There was a family who had hiked up from the other side. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "When a rainy day turns into a wondrous, wintry night, everything is right with the world," 25 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Texas Public Utility Commission on Friday approved CenterPoint Energy's $13 million rate hike settlement that had been negotiated with cities, large power users and consumer groups. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Texas regulators OK CenterPoint rate hike, but customers could pay less," 14 Feb. 2020 Additionally, testimony from [Federal Reserve] Chairman [Jerome H.] Powell to Congress reinforced the expectation that inflation of the sort that would necessitate a rate hike is not on the horizon. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, "Mortgage rates level off as investors reassess impact of coronavirus outbreak on economy," 13 Feb. 2020 Dallas’ deadline to decide on the rate hike is May 29. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Atmos Energy is asking Dallas for $18.3 million gas rate hike to pay for aging pipes," 11 Feb. 2020 The growing number of tax-exempt properties will not only cut into tax revenues but ultimately lead to rate hikes for many non-exempt property owners, Rhodes warned. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "'Somebody's gotta pay.' Tax-exempt property climbing in county, leaving others to pay taxes," 30 Jan. 2020 In another sign that a potential rate increase may be in the offing, Mayor Ron Nirenberg is calling for the creation of a citizens committee to offer input into potential rate hikes. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "CPS Energy rate increase may be getting closer," 27 Jan. 2020 The growth is nearly double the 2.1 percent growth seen during the holiday 2018 period, which was hurt by a government shutdown, stock market volatility, and interest rate hikes. BostonGlobe.com, "New master developer chosen to remake former Weymouth air base," 16 Jan. 2020 Other factors included a leap in oil prices after the U.S. invasion of Kuwait and earlier Federal Reserve interest rate hikes to fight inflation. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "If a recession hits next year, it would probably be mild. But a recovery would also be tame.," 30 Dec. 2019 Early years were plagued with technical difficulties and big rate hikes. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "MNsure CEO says seventh open enrollment period numbers strong," 24 Dec. 2019

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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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Last Updated

19 Feb 2020

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“Hike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hike. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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hike

verb
How to pronounce hike (audio)

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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