hike

verb
\ ˈhīk \
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

Both the yoga and hiking workout profiles take heart rate into account when determining calories burned; hiking takes elevation into account as well. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018 Due to the isolated location, the response from firefighting crews has been slow, but ground crews are hiking to the locations and some firefighters are parachuting in to fight the Numa Ridge Fire. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Glacier National Park Wildfires Force Evacuations," 13 Aug. 2018 For peak views, hike to the top of Mount Killington, then continue on. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 23 July 2018 This abandoned trestle bridge in Hope BC is about 20 minutes hike off the highway. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018 The next morning, experience the other end of that view and make the 2.8-mile hike down to the pouroff. Dale Blasingame, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 6 hikes in Texas state parks," 11 June 2018 The move was viewed as a concession to the National Restaurant Association and House Republicans who didn’t want to hike the minimum wage. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "DC repealed a ballot measure giving restaurant workers a raise. But it might be back.," 12 Dec. 2018 Plan to hike for six hours or less, Broadhurst says. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Just east of Prince Edward Island is Cape Breton, a rocky, rugged island begging to be hiked. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kosovo’s actions, including its recent hike in tariffs on goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia from 10 percent to 100 percent. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "Serbia and Kosovo trade accusations over Kosovo’s new army," 17 Dec. 2018 Fuel up before your hike up Masada nearby and watch the sun rise at the summit. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 What Fed watchers will really be seeking is any sign of whether the central bank might slow its rate hikes in the months ahead. Martin Crutsinger, Fox News, "Fed watchers seek hints about future rates amid likely hike," 24 Sep. 2018 Arlington should also watch out for tax hikes at the state level to pay for Virginia’s recent Medicaid expansion and new education spending from Gov. Ralph Northam. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "How Arlington Lured Amazon With Low Costs," 14 Dec. 2018 Voter resentment of the tax hike got Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman recalled in his Orange County district Tuesday. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom’s CA opponent is John Cox, but he’s running against Trump," 6 June 2018 For every three or four rate hikes, there's a name change, too. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Negotiating with ISPs: Don’t accept broadband price hikes without a fight," 9 Nov. 2018 For Wish, the threat of postal rate hikes sound like a big problem for now — even if the rhetoric turns out later to have just been a negotiating tactic. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Trump’s latest China threat could crush the $8 billion Amazon competitor Wish. Here’s its plan to fight back.," 18 Oct. 2018 Despite several interest rate hikes by the Argentine Central Bank, the peso has lost more than half its value in less than a year. Almudena Calatrava, Fox News, "Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \
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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