hike

verb
\ˈhīk \
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

b : snap sense transitive 6b

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for hike

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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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

The dramatic story of the boys who hiked into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system on June 23 and then were trapped by floodwaters has riveted people around the world. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "How the 12 Thai boys were finally rescued," 10 July 2018 The grade allows most to get into aerobic rhythm and hike it slow and steady. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Mount Eddy’s ‘reveal moment’ of giant Shasta," 5 July 2018 Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant called for Haitians to stop burning tires and blocking roads in response to a plan to hike the price of fuel on the island. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Haiti-bound flights out of South Florida resume after violent protests in Caribbean nation," 8 July 2018 Park officials said the two planned to hike from the river, across the Dadina Plateau and end up at the Dadina River, where an air taxi would pick them up June 27. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Missouri hikers were on 'trip of a lifetime' in Alaska. Their lives ended there," 5 July 2018 The media and the politicians pounced on the way that Valupro had hiked up prices on some life-saving diuretic or whatnot, and the next thing Barry knew his fiery nebbish friend had checked into rehab with a fifteen-million-dollar severance package. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 And then Jay-Z wanders the halls of the Louvre wearing an even bigger chain and an even more double-breasted suit (this one’s lapels are hiked up almost to his neck), in a shiny gold silk. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jay-Z Brought His Entire Suit Collection to the "APES**T" Video," 18 June 2018 Stop by the station at the base and hike up, or drive up to the top and help there. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "June rocks with Alive After Five, family festivals and free movie nights | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 Keep your torso still and resist the temptation to hike up your shoulder. Southern Living, "The One Thing You Should Do Every Hour on a Plane," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Start at the Ranger Cottage, the hub for all city hikes, plenty of which are accessible and kid-friendly. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 The district has already budgeted for a 1% one-time scheduled raise, a 1% increase, retroactive to July 2017, and a .25% hike, retroactive to January 2018 in the 2018-19 budget. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Local unions react to Janus ruling with uncertainty, hope," 11 July 2018 After the presentation, the Conservancy will lead an optional, four-mile hike around the San Dieguito Lagoon. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vista Boys & Girls Club gala raises $85K ...community news," 11 July 2018 Public and political outrage over such price hikes, which are par for the course in the industry, may on occasion nudge firms to retrench for fear of a PR headache. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 At the same time, Wall Street analysts suggested Pfizer’s move could put pressure on other companies to avoid big price hikes, particularly mid-year, according to a Bloomberg report. Erin Mershon, STAT, "What Pfizer, Trump, and consumers got out of a surprising deal — and what they didn’t," 11 July 2018 Out-of-state students will face a steeper hike, 2.4 percent or $648, for a total of $28,176. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Temple University to raise tuition 2 percent," 10 July 2018 Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail’ by Jennifer Thermes Multiple books have been written about Emma Gatewood, who, at 67, became the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail solo. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "A 3-Year-Old Reviews Outdoorsy Kids' Books," 5 July 2018 The virtual wealth infusion altered its surroundings, spurring rent hikes, evictions, and development aplenty. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 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 \
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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