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

The pair set off to hike near Beaver Creek on Sunday and were expected to return Monday, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "GPS device leads rescue team to missing father, son in Coconino National Forest," 13 July 2018 Wellness blogs popularized the concept Stateside, and now there is even a podcast that features the sounds of one man hiking through the Pacific Northwest. Brennan Kilbane And Theresa O'rourke, Allure, "The Best (Sort of) Free Ways to De-stress With Nature," 28 Mar. 2019 Curvy Kili Crew member Diandra Oliver, 36, grew up on rivers and mountains and spent most of her life hiking and snowshoeing in northern British Columbia. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019 Sailors and Marines hiked in about three miles along the Woodlands Trail to a grouping of 10 cement structures used for ammunition storage during World War II. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "Visiting Navy, Marines help restore World War II ammunition depots in Belle Chasse," 25 Apr. 2018 The current consensus of economists predicts that the Fed will hike rates to 3.4 percent by 2020 in order to keep inflation under control. NBC News, "Trump's new Federal Reserve head approves second rate hike this year," 13 June 2018 Officials said the incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday as Miller hiked to Waimoku Falls alongside a 30-year-old Indiana woman and two Wailuku residents. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana man killed by falling rock in Hawaii," 8 May 2018 Hike participants viewed the stone walls, bridges, dam, former paper mills, mansions, and a summer cabin, and then hiked along forest trails to the summit of Lookout Mountain. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 1 May 2018 Spend days enjoying the surf and the country's lush beaches, and follow up lazy days with trips to Udawalawe National Park, hikes to World's End, and trips to the country's endless array of historic ruins and temples. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Democrats roll out plans for tax hikes, Paul Gigot interviews businessman, author and scholar Edward Conard on the problems associated with a top marginal rate of income tax on the rich of 70 percent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Jobs and Steel Tariffs," 13 Feb. 2019 At the top of the hike there were cows, scenic views, and SNACKS. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Go on a 36-Hour All-Female Networking Trip," 12 Nov. 2018 The companies have come under fire for excessive rent hikes and fees, itchy eviction triggers, and shoddy maintenance, among other things. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "A brand new single-family neighborhood, where every unit is a rental," 10 Sep. 2018 The fundraising page again slams Hugin for Celgene price hikes and solicits cash in denominations ranging from $5 to $250. Lev Facher, STAT, "Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin," 13 July 2018 Pfizer shares dipped slightly after Trump criticized the company on Twitter but then recovered and were up 0.3% at 2:17 p.m. The tweet falls in line with similar past missives by Trump, who has ripped drug companies for price hikes. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "President Trump slams Pfizer drug price increases, threatens action," 9 July 2018 Health insurers have cited these moves as reasons for extravagant premium hikes already. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Trump's War on Obamacare's Pre-Existing Conditions Rules Could Be a Boon to Democrats," 11 June 2018 That's far more than Ducey's three-year plan that calls for 10 percent pay hikes in the coming school year and 5 percent the following two years. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Pay raises for teachers, staff vary across Arizona school districts after #RedForEd," 3 June 2018 If approved, the bill would enact a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress, freeze congressional salaries at their current level and require an on-the-record vote for any pay hikes. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Stephanie Murphy introduces lifetime lobbying ban for former Congress members," 24 May 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 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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