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

b : snap sense transitive 6b

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 Fed is expected to hike rates by another quarter of a point in December. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s beef with the Fed, explained," 29 Nov. 2018 Conveniently located just ten minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor, the house is also a minute’s walk from hiking in the surrounding hills. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container house in the desert asks $610K," 19 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, students can hike up to the Hollywood sign or surf El Porto’s breaks early and still make their midmorning class. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 The measure will gradually hike the current minimum wage of $7.85 to $12 per hour by 2023. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Voters just gave nearly 1 million workers a raise in 2 red states," 7 Nov. 2018 Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswananth had hiked to Taft Point, an area with very steep terrain, according to the National Parks Service. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A Married Couple Died After Falling 800 Feet at Yosemite National Park," 30 Oct. 2018 Casper hiked the price by 182 percent over three years—between 2015 and 2018—bringing a bottle’s list price to $2,800. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Pharma CEO jacks drug price 400%, citing “moral requirement to make money”," 11 Sep. 2018 Visitors can hang out at off-leash beaches like the city’s Eastern Beach and hike Portland Trails woodland and coastal areas, according to VisitPortland.com, and some dog-friendly hotels even offer pet massages and turndown treats! Jessica Migala, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Dog-Friendly Road Trips in the U.S.," 26 July 2018 There has also been a flurry of camp-ER themed memes, with girls in cargo shorts and hiking boots and even some dressed in camping gear. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Met Gala 2019 Theme: Everything You Need to Know About "Camp: Notes on Fashion"," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 One explanation for the marginal rate hikes is that insurers are starting to make more money on Obamacare. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The week’s 4 most important health care stories," 7 Sep. 2018 Los Angeles leaders gave their approval two years ago to a series of rate hikes to help repair and replace aging infrastructure. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Hundreds of customers are still without power as hot and angry Angelenos fume at the DWP," 10 July 2018 The 10-year yield has declined due to several reasons, including easing inflation concerns, while the two-year yield has increased due to the threat of interest rate hikes. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is a flattening yield curve a sign of a coming recession?," 6 July 2018 Earnings are beginning to pick up, and the Federal Reserve envisions a steady regimen of rate hikes. Andrew Van Dam, chicagotribune.com, "Is it great to be a worker in the U.S.? Not compared with the rest of the developed world.," 5 July 2018 Earnings are beginning to pick up, and the Federal Reserve envisions a steady regimen of rate hikes. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Republican candidates in key Senate races struggle with Trump tariffs," 5 July 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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