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 Check out green vervet monkeys swinging in the property’s mango trees before setting sail for a lunchtime catamaran ride, or get your adrenaline pumping while hiking Nevis Peak with an expert guide. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 Police in Pulaski are praising a woman who had a remarkable experience while hiking. Fox News, "Squirrel tugging on woman's pants led her to its injured baby: report," 26 Sep. 2019 The body of a 72-year-old Bothell man who police say died of medical complications while hiking the Greider Lakes Trail in Snohomish County has been recovered. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Body of 72-year-old Bothell hiker recovered from Greider Lakes Trail in Snohomish County," 24 Sep. 2019 Nicholas Smith, 31, became lost while hiking in Upper Bidwell Park near Chico around 5 p.m. Monday, according to Chico police. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Hiker remains missing in Upper Bidwell Park near Chico," 17 Sep. 2019 Threats posed by the animals came into sharp focus last year after two fatal attacks, one on a mountain biker in Washington and the other on a Gresham woman who was killed while hiking on Mount Hood. oregonlive.com, "Cougar spotted in wealthy Southwest Portland neighborhood," 16 July 2019 Under Draghi’s watch, the ECB cut its benchmark interest rates to below zero, and left them there, while the US Federal Reserve steadily hiked rates in response to a strengthening economy. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "For unclear reasons, Donald Trump thinks the EU was founded as a conspiracy against America," 26 June 2019 While hiking in the area, Honnold overheard a group in front of him actually discussing the movie. Pat Graham, The Know, "Rock star: After “Free Solo,” climber Alex Honnold unsure of next step," 25 June 2019 There’s not been much discussion, however, of the hundreds of other bills that passed, including lawmakers giving themselves a raise while hiking state taxes and fees. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Amid the pot, casino talk out of legislature, you may have missed the part about lawmakers' pay hike," 4 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Oregon Public Utility Commission has approved rate hikes for the state’s three gas utilities, only the third time in the past ten years. USA TODAY, "Lighthouse in peril, Wizard Rock, cable a la carte: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2019 To me, being cozy is appreciating one’s comfort in the face of some relative adversity—a thermos of chili after a ski, dry clothes after a rainy hike, a down sleeping bag in a snow cave. Jacob Baynham, Outside Online, "Making Your Kids Uncomfortable Is a Good Thing," 1 Nov. 2019 Housing construction slumped as higher mortgage rates (pushed upward by Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes) combined with rising home prices to drive buyers from the market. The Economist, "America’s economy is resisting the pull of recession," 31 Oct. 2019 The Fed quickly went back to rate hikes after those moves. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed cuts rates for the third time as US economy slows," 30 Oct. 2019 After a rate hike last December — considered a mistake by many — the Fed boss has spent most of this year vowing to support the economy. BostonGlobe.com, "“Everyone’s focus will be on what’s next, whether that’s another cut or if the Fed sees this as the end of mid-cycle rate cuts,” said David Smith, a managing director and chief investment officer at Rockland Trust.," 30 Oct. 2019 If that happens, the Fed will be forced to abruptly reverse course and hike rates. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Wage growth is slowing—which could be an ominous sign for the economy," 6 Oct. 2019 Steer your own course and kayak, paddleboard, dive, hike or mountain bike. Erin E. Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Head to La Paz rather than overdeveloped Los Cabos for the real Baja California Sur," 4 Oct. 2019 Steer your own course and kayak, paddleboard, dive, hike or mountain bike. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, "Head to La Paz rather than overdeveloped Los Cabos for the real Baja California Sur," 2 Oct. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of hike was in 1809

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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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