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

Kvitek, however, was one of the volunteers who hiked about four rugged miles in the summer heat to set up an observation post at Fourth Grove in Upper Palm Canyon. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Anza Borrego sheep count is for the extreme," 7 July 2018 It was established by David Francis, the father of 24-year-old Minnesotan Jon Francis, who died while hiking in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Finding 4 hunters 'almost impossible,' Idaho sheriff says. One family disagrees.," 8 June 2018 Activity in options on eurodollar futures shows traders are starting to unwind bets that the central bank will hike four times in 2018. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: White House offers mixed messages with latest about-face on tariffs," 30 May 2018 His book also chronicled his perilous adventures including whitewater rafting on the Colorado and Zambezi Rivers, canoeing the waters off Panama and hiking glaciers in Antarctica. CBS News, "Longtime CBS correspondent Bob Fuss dies at age 64," 28 May 2018 Chris Stone, 17 Died May 18 Chris Stone was a junior in high school who loved parasailing, jet skiing, ziplining and hiking in the mountains, according to CNN. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "These Are the Names and Faces of All Those Killed in School Shootings This Year," 21 May 2018 There's another one: He was bitten by a rattlesnake three-and-half years ago while hiking in Utah. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Colorado man has been bitten by bear, shark and snake," 22 Apr. 2018 Wildflowers were abloom, in weather warm enough to hike in our T-shirts. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "Running down the gas gauge is risky way to test limits," 15 Mar. 2018 The news about Trans Dinarica also comes just months after the creation of the Route of Parks, a 1,700 mile hiking trail that runs through 17 national parks in Patagonia. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "An Epic Bike Trail Is Just Another Reason to Visit Croatia—And Its Neighbors—in 2019," 24 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tariff hike went into force hours after U.S. and Chinese negotiators met Thursday in hopes of getting the troubled trade talks back on track. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Slaps Higher Tariffs on Chinese Imports as Trade Talks Resume," 10 May 2019 The permits might also attract hikers who ignore the warnings about difficulty, focused more of the exclusivity of the hike. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Despite Increased Safety, People Keep Getting Hurt at Yosemite's Half Dome," 3 May 2019 Tesla, which currently assembles all its vehicles at a plant in Fremont, California, raised prices on cars in China after the trade dispute between President Donald Trump and China prompted the tariff hike from 25 percent to 40 percent. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla nears plans for China factory as tariffs bring urgency," 10 July 2018 The 22-percent salary hike is part of the Socialists’ deal to pass the country’s 2019 budget with the support of an anti-austerity party. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish PM compares ‘lies’ of Brexit and Catalan separatists," 12 Dec. 2018 Dorsey and others opposed to the proposition pointed to San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s decision not to support it, citing concerns about accountability and how the funds raised from the tax hike would be spent. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Marc Benioff says he had rabbis and imams supporting the Prop C homelessness tax — but not tech CEOs," 14 Nov. 2018 Read More Haitian officials knew the gas price hike would be unpopular. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti’s low fuel prices unfairly benefit the rich and need to be raised, IMF says," 12 July 2018 Joining in opposing the hike were: State Rep. Michael Hanna, Sen. Judith Schwank and student Joar Dahn. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Pa. state universities to hike tuition nearly 3 percent," 12 July 2018 The hike was prompted by the International Monetary Fund, which pushed Haitian officials to reduce government subsidies for fuel. Amanda Erickson, Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest in Haiti leaves dozens of American church groups stranded and unable to leave," 9 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 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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