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

Curvy Kili Crew member Diandra Oliver, 36, grew up on rivers and mountains and spent most of her life hiking and snowshoeing in northern British Columbia. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019 Sailors and Marines hiked in about three miles along the Woodlands Trail to a grouping of 10 cement structures used for ammunition storage during World War II. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "Visiting Navy, Marines help restore World War II ammunition depots in Belle Chasse," 25 Apr. 2018 The current consensus of economists predicts that the Fed will hike rates to 3.4 percent by 2020 in order to keep inflation under control. NBC News, "Trump's new Federal Reserve head approves second rate hike this year," 13 June 2018 Officials said the incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday as Miller hiked to Waimoku Falls alongside a 30-year-old Indiana woman and two Wailuku residents. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana man killed by falling rock in Hawaii," 8 May 2018 Hike participants viewed the stone walls, bridges, dam, former paper mills, mansions, and a summer cabin, and then hiked along forest trails to the summit of Lookout Mountain. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 1 May 2018 Spend days enjoying the surf and the country's lush beaches, and follow up lazy days with trips to Udawalawe National Park, hikes to World's End, and trips to the country's endless array of historic ruins and temples. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Many of Mati’s 5,000 residents panicked and ran to the coastline, where high coastal cliffs protected 800 people who managed to hike down to the beach. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018 Voters in Missouri approved Proposition B, a ballot measure that will gradually hike the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Missouri voters just hiked the minimum wage by 53 percent," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, daily hikes beginning at 8:00 a.m. are set in deep green valleys and volcanic mountains. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Los Angeles’s Cult Detox Destination, The Ashram, Lands in Iceland," 15 Mar. 2019 The fabric breathes and the cut is ready for urban exploring—or rainy spring hikes. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rain Jackets for Keeping Dry," 8 Mar. 2019 Feeling isolated hikes your heart-disease risk by 29%, found a study in the journal Heart. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 So Mika pushed through and chose an easy hike to ring in her 33rd birthday. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Doctors Kept Calling It Stress. Then I Learned I Had a 98% Blockage in My Heart.," 7 Feb. 2019 The hike to $799 represents astonishingly bad value. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 23 Nov. 2018 Led by expert guides, these hikes are a fun, adventurous way for nature lovers to experience the great outdoors. Discover Magazine, "Why Hiking in Beaver Creek is Perfect for Budding Naturalists," 7 Aug. 2018 Founded in 2014, Via Dinarica is largely considered one of the best hikes in the world. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "An Epic Bike Trail Is Just Another Reason to Visit Croatia—And Its Neighbors—in 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 SingaporeExplore the city, then get your nature fix with a hike in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Fit Southeast Asia's Greatest Hits into a Single Trip," 13 Nov. 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 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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