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

One year in, the U.S-China trade war continues to make mincemeat out of manufacturers’ supply chains, hiking consumer product costs and cutting corporate outlooks from Charlotte to Cupertino. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "Another Front Opens in the U.S.-China Trade War: CEO Daily," 2 Aug. 2019 Hydration vests for hiking For long endeavors out on the trail, this gender-specific vest offers up a two-liter bladder with a quick-release valve and a zippered pocket and kangaroo pocket. Amanda Loudin, NBC News, "Exercise outdoors? These water bottles and hydration systems will go the distance," 31 July 2019 Winter or summer, snow or sunshine, skiing or hiking season, Colorado’s natural playground summons us outside every weekend. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 The Houston oil and gas producer did hike its annual capital spending estimate from $6.1 billion to $6.3 billion. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips posts flat profits, increases in spending and buybacks," 30 July 2019 This is especially important during seasons prone to flash floods when hiking or driving in deep, narrow washes that would be difficult to exit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Desert travelers should be wary of potential flash floods," 27 July 2019 Both chronicled the life and death of McCandless, who hiked into the Alaska wilderness with little food and equipment and spent the summer living in the bus. CBS News, "Newlywed dies as she tries to reach famed "Into the Wild" bus in Alaska," 27 July 2019 Meaning, those hiking boots from this collection will do just fine on your next hike. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Fila's Newest Collection Will Get You Outside ASAP," 18 July 2019 As is tradition: From Fish Ohio to posing for photos with mascots to hiking Gov. Mike DeWine has embraced the hokey side of being governor of Ohio, Tobias writes. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Nuclear subsidies bill rewritten again, budget deal may be close: Capitol Letter," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sales of Apple iPhones, for example, could fall by up to 8 million units in the coming year if the company passes on a 10 percent price hike to consumers, according to Dan Ives, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. Washington Post, "Trump’s latest tariffs come at the worst possible time for shoppers: Holiday season," 3 Aug. 2019 Although similar in encouraging a sort of communal solitude — silent discos have more of a party-like atmosphere, whereas the silent hike is focused more on mindfulness. Madalyn Dishman And Olivia Simone, Detroit Free Press, "How to take a (silent) hike along the riverfront in downtown Detroit," 3 Aug. 2019 The relaxing hike to end that first week in the new house and job turned into panic when Sadie went missing, though, and hours spent searching on Saturday afternoon and Sunday turned up nothing. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "17-year-old dog Sadie, lost for days at Sleeping Giant State Park, rescued safely for new Quinnipiac dean," 2 Aug. 2019 The price hike on pass-through drivers is the only parking and toll fee increase planned for the upcoming year. Dallas News, "DFW Airport upping fee to $6 for 'pass-through' drivers using it as a shortcut," 30 July 2019 Explore Headwaters Park: Discover some summer fun with The Foundation for Geauga Parks on a hike 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Headwaters Park, 15055 Mayfield Road. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "A good film deserves a summer beverage and a good tip: Valley Views," 28 July 2019 Researchers first found the stump in question (above) on a hike in a rainforest in the Waitakere Ranges on New Zealand’s North Island. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, "Trees share water to keep this dying stump alive," 25 July 2019 Massachusetts dog trainer Mary Simon founded Outdoor Dog Adventures, and has taken countless dogs on hikes. NBC News, "Hiking with dogs: How to protect them from ticks, injuries and overheating," 11 July 2019 The offline mapping data on Google Maps won't work for the serious backpacker, but a cheapskate on a leisurely hike, there are worse options. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "These Apps Will Keep You From Getting Lost in the Outdoors," 3 July 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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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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