trek

verb
\ ˈtrek \
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

Hill tribe shamans trekked from nearby villages, sacrificing live animals to a mountain spirit in exchange for the boys’ safety. Time, "Grandfather of Trapped Thai Boy Says He’ll ‘Never Let Them Near a Cave Again’," 5 July 2018 Even straight-up trekking sneakers by ROA and Salomon are worn by some of today’s most stylish tastemakers. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Pick Up Balenciaga’s Soon-To-Be Sold Out Sneaker Before Anyone Else," 29 June 2018 This year, The Bee's cohort of interns trekked down to the Sacramento Metro Fire Department Headquarters to watch 12 different fireworks whiz to life in the department’s parking lot. Adesuwa Agbonile And Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Our interns ranked the best Fourth of July fireworks so you don't have to," 28 June 2018 Over that period, she got arrested outside City Hall and trekked to Albany to lobby for schools. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "From Hollywood to Public Office: Cynthia Nixon Tests a Role Played by Men," 19 June 2018 Other than the remoteness, these Outposts, as the camps are called, offer a good base for trekking, fly fishing, horseback riding, paddling, and photography classes. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tented Camps in Chile: For When You Really, Really Want to Get Away," 13 June 2018 The snow surface — measured Thursday at 45 inches at 7,900-feet elevation at the tree line at the old Ski Bowl — has been good for trekking and climbing. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite, Tahoe, Shasta a go for summer rec season," 14 May 2018 There’s talent to go around in this state, even if enticing prospects to trek out west is a challenge. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 toughest places to win in college football's Power Five conferences," 21 June 2018 The Boston Brahmins and academics who spent their weekends and holidays trekking up to the White Mountains formed the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1876. Kathryn Miles, BostonGlobe.com, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the afternoon of June 23, after soccer practice, Ekkapol led his team on what was meant to be a short trek into Tham Luang cave, a system of tunnels winding up and down beneath a mountain near the border with Myanmar. Time, "'Happy as I Could Be in the World.' What It Was Like in Thailand When Rescuers Found the Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave," 2 July 2018 While Republicans and Democrats debate what to do with those seeking a new life in America and future immigration policies, those making the trek have several motivations. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Thousands of immigrants pass through the southern border. Why are they fleeing their home countries?," 25 June 2018 Spirits were high Wednesday as more members of the Central American caravan — about one-third of the roughly 150 who made the trek — entered the United States. Gustavo Solis And David Hernandez, latimes.com, "About a third of caravan migrants enter U.S., but 'we won’t be happy until the last one of us gets through'," 3 May 2018 The tale involves several trans-Pacific search parties, a villain trying to cheat Dolly out of her inheritance and a grueling trek into the Australian outback. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A JULES VERNE S.D. ADVENTURE," 23 Apr. 2018 While this year’s reenactment crowds were noticeably thinner than in years past, the inclement weather didn’t stop several young history buffs from making the trek. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Steady, men!’ A frigid start to Patriots Day at Battle of Lexington reenactment," 16 Apr. 2018 Darvish wasn't the only Cubs star to make the trek, so Moore faced Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and other lineup fixtures. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Darvish shows Rangers what might have been in dominating Cubs win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Mar. 2018 Elite 2020 prospect Daniyel Ngata traveled to Eugene alongside Joseph Ngata (2019), while cornerback Macen Williams made the trek with his older brother, and top-10 cornerback nationally, Max Williams. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Macen Williams, emerging 2020 cornerback, impressed by Oregon Ducks on Junior Day," 26 Feb. 2018 The young snowboarder's brother was not the only family member to be in South Korea for his historic win, however, as Gerard explained 18 of his kin also made the trek. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Olympic Breakout Red Gerard Explains His Big Family Turnout to Jimmy Kimmel," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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More Definitions for trek

trek

verb

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 \
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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