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

When Lisa Kudrow hikes with Kevin Nealon, the truth comes out. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Friends star Lisa Kudrow reveals why she struggled playing Phoebe in season 3 on new episode of Kevin Nealon show," 10 Sep. 2019 The victim was hiking with another person during a thunderstorm when the accident occurred. Carlos Lozano, Los Angeles Times, "Climber is killed in fall from Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park," 6 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, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 2019 Searching the hashtag on Instagram brings up images of students proudly sporting black and gold, hiking nearby mountains with their pup, playing sports and hoisting their diplomas and acceptance letters for all to see. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "This university earns accolades as the most Instagrammed campus in Colorado," 14 Aug. 2019 Cellphone service is spotty on the trail, so hike with a friend. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Instagram-famous Kanarra Falls allows 150 hikers daily. Here's how to get a permit," 1 Aug. 2019 The firm recently completed a series of landscape installations along a 1.7 mile hiking trail in the Nordkette mountains. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Snøhetta’s architectural interventions in the Austrian Alps let the land speak for itself," 17 July 2019 Jo was hiking with a group but became separated from them a week ago. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Missing 73-year-old hiker found alive by Los Angeles rescue teams," 29 June 2019 Bisan’s feed is a mix of adrenaline-pumping skydives and relaxing weekends spent hiking around northern California with her family. Danielle Williams, SELF, "11 Adventurous Moms Worth Following on Instagram," 20 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Supporters of the tax hikes hope for a different outcome than the last special election for schools - on March 31, 2015. al, "Will Fairhope, Spanish Fort voters support property tax hikes for schools?," 14 Sep. 2019 Remember: The next round of US tariff hikes is scheduled for October 1, when duties on $250 billion in Chinese goods that are already being taxed will rise to 30% from 25%. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The trade war is quiet. Smart money sees a chance to take risks," 11 Sep. 2019 Since achieving almost Kardashian-level celebrity status on social media, Horseshoe Bend has become one of Arizona’s most iconic hikes. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 On Wall Street, technology companies drove a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as markets reopened following a holiday weekend and the latest round of tariff hikes by Beijing and Washington on each other’s imports. Washington Post, "HK stocks surge on withdrawal of law that sparked protests," 4 Sep. 2019 There are dozens of spectacular hikes in the park for visitors of all abilities. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 There are dozens of spectacular hikes in the park for visitors of all abilities. Justin Franz, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 2019 One of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge has reopened almost two years after it was damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 Opponents of minimum wage hikes have long argued that an increase would result in job losses. Matt Darling, Quartz at Work, "Ready to destroy a longstanding argument against raising the minimum wage?," 28 Aug. 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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