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

Participants will hike along Lake Road and walk the land where town fathers worked, practiced their faith and raised their families. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Pearl of the Orient bows out of Rocky River restaurant scene: West Shore Chatter," 3 Sep. 2019 The federal government owns more than a quarter of the land in this country, primarily in the American West, where I was born and raised and have fished, hunted, hiked, and lived for most of my life. William Perry Pendley, The Denver Post, "William Perry Pendley: Rebutting a popular myth about my position on public lands," 30 Aug. 2019 As the group hikes through the center of the city, a tour guide will trace the city’s history from the arrival of the Cahoon family on Oct. 10, 1810, through the incorporation of Bay Village as a town in the early 20th century. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Pearl of the Orient bows out of Rocky River restaurant scene: West Shore Chatter," 3 Sep. 2019 The snowdrifts that can render some trails inaccessible early in the season have finally melted, meaning all 734 miles of hiking trail are accessible. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 The public outrage over bailouts of giant companies during the 2008 financial crisis may have actually forced elites to share some of the burden, as governments hiked tax rates on the rich, according to a new paper. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The financial crisis forced governments to hike taxes on the rich, a new study finds," 27 Aug. 2019 The snowdrifts that can render some trails inaccessible early in the season have finally melted, meaning all 734 miles of hiking trail are accessible. Justin Franz, Washington Post, "Enjoying Glacier National Park’s quiet season," 23 Aug. 2019 Their exports were hurt last year as China and Mexico hiked tariffs on U.S. pork. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers Welcome Trade Truce, Hope for More," 29 June 2019 On June 4, two days after her family reported her missing, police found Cynthia’s body on the bank of the Eklutna River, near a hiking trail on the outskirts of Anchorage. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "He said he would pay $9 million for a murder. So five friends plotted to kill a teenager, police say.," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Profit margins can be trimmed, wage hikes delayed and consumer prices raised. David A. Andelman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The trade war hasn't hit its peak yet. The US and China will both pay a heavy price," 4 Sep. 2019 Along with the wage hike, the board approved the appointment of Chicago Police Department veteran Jeff Hoffmann as the chief of campus police, with a department that includes nine officers, two sergeants and nine security guards. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Oakton college student workers get minimum wage hike: ‘We are ... ahead of the state now’," 3 Sep. 2019 Its cadre was agitating for a daily wage hike of 50 rupees: about 70 cents. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "These tea plantation workers in India face poverty—and dangers," 30 Aug. 2019 Walters would not say what the initial wage hike proposal was. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Southern California grocery union gives supermarkets Sept. 9 deadline in hopes of averting a strike," 26 Aug. 2019 Worse, wage hikes no longer seem to be accelerating and the workweek actually shrunk a little. The Christian Science Monitor, "Their light still shines," 5 Aug. 2019 Republicans in the House balked at the wage hike, which would be the first since Democrats last controlled the majority. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign," 19 July 2019 Republicans in the House balked at the wage hike, which would be the first since Democrats last controlled the majority. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign," 19 July 2019 Republicans in the House balked at the wage hike, which would be the first since Democrats last controlled the majority. Washington Post, "House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign," 18 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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