trek

verb
\ ˈtrek How to pronounce trek (audio) \
trekked; trekking

Definition of trek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make one's way arduously broadly : journey
2 chiefly South Africa
a : to travel by ox wagon
b : to migrate by ox wagon or in a train of such

trek

noun

Definition of trek (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a trip or movement especially when involving difficulties or complex organization : an arduous journey
2 chiefly South Africa : a journey by ox wagon especially : an organized migration by a group of settlers

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Other Words from trek

Verb

trekker noun

Examples of trek in a Sentence

Verb We had to trek up six flights of stairs with our groceries. On their vacation last year they went trekking in the Himalayas. We trekked across the country in her old car. Noun Our car broke down and we had a long trek back to town. a trek across the country
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some farmers are starting to impose fees to trek across their land. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "In the ‘Land of 10,000 Waterfalls,’ the Faroe Islands draw more visitors for the picturesque Nordic scenery," 24 Nov. 2019 Advocates for immigrants say migrants’ willingness to trek to the Arizona desert is a sign of their desperation to escape their homelands and fear of waiting in Mexico’s high-crime border cities for an asylum hearing in the United States. Washington Post, "‘Remain in Mexico’ to shuttle migrants from Tucson to El Paso," 22 Nov. 2019 Mircle and Michael Sanders, who were twins, were rodeo cowboys who would often wake their young nephew by blowing a horn at dawn to trek to events. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Little big man: 49ers’ Emmanuel Sanders has toughness to match talent," 9 Nov. 2019 The trilobites may have lined up to trek to distant mating grounds—much like modern spiny lobsters—or to escape environmental upheavals such as storms, the researchers write this week in Scientific Reports. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "480-million-year-old trilobite ‘traffic jams’ may reveal ancient migratory behavior," 17 Oct. 2019 Visitors willing to trek out to the city’s rural New Territories can enjoy the three pools for free, soaking while gazing down on the oyster farms of Deep Bay and the Shenzhen skyline beyond. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019 Not all corals, for instance, are equally fit to trek across the ocean to a new home. Lucas Joel, Scientific American, "Coral Reefugees: Certain Corals Could “Outrun” Climate Change," 1 Apr. 2019 Wochit Thousands of hunters will trek into Michigan woods and fields Friday as firearms deer season opens. Detroit Free Press, "Buck numbers appear up in northern Michigan as firearms season opens," 15 Nov. 2019 The result, courtesy of the ingenuity of the Khasi and Jaintia people who trek these paths from their first baby steps: the living tree-root bridges of the Cherrapunji region. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two or three players have commutes of only 20 minutes, but for many, the trek is much longer. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "For Paradise, football has become a cause for hope," 15 Nov. 2019 The worst patch, many African migrants say, is the trek through Panama’s Darien Gap, a dense tropical forest inhabited by venomous snakes and ruthless robbers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hundreds of migrants corralled at detention center in Mexico," 13 Oct. 2019 But that trek is no longer possible, because of rising sea temperatures and the water not freezing sufficiently. BostonGlobe.com, "In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 But for those attendees who did dance in the dusty field or sit out underneath the stars as lasers shot overhead, the trek to Hiko was well worth it. Fox News, "'Storm Area 51'-related festival jams out to Paul Oakenfold's 'psychedelic' set under the stars," 22 Sep. 2019 The trek to the southern U.S. border is increasingly perilous because anti-immigrant policies continue to force immigrants to travel through brutal stretches of the desert. Elizabeth King, Allure, "These Immigration Activists Prove On-the-Ground Support Is Crucial Amid Ongoing ICE Raids," 12 Sep. 2019 The trek from the Channel Islands, where the Conception had been anchored, to the Ventura County shore is normally an hour and 15 minutes, Barney said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Authorities are planning to lift wreckage of Conception dive boat off the ocean floor," 12 Sep. 2019 The trek back down was difficult, Bost said, and the hikers camped for about two hours at 15,900 feet and hiked another seven hours down in one day. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘We couldn’t believe we just did that’: Liberty grad, Susquehanna senior Kasey Bost recounts trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro," 22 Aug. 2019 The trek is more than two miles and features 13 turns. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "Watch reporter Hannah Drown ride in IndyCar before Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Facebook Live," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of trek

Verb

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for trek

Verb

Afrikaans, from Dutch trecken to pull, haul, migrate; akin to Old High German trechan to pull

Noun

Afrikaans, from Dutch treck pull, haul, from trecken

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4 Dec 2019

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“Trek.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trek. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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trek

verb
How to pronounce trek (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk usually for a long distance
: to travel by walking through an area with many mountains, rivers, etc., for pleasure and adventure
: to go on a long and often difficult journey

trek

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trek (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long and difficult journey that is made especially by walking

trek

verb
\ ˈtrek How to pronounce trek (audio) \
trekked; trekking

Kids Definition of trek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk a long way with difficulty … two adults were trekking up the sixty-six-floor-long staircase.— Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

trek

noun

Kids Definition of trek (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slow or difficult journey

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