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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Central American migrant children who have trekked for a month across Central America and Mexico in the hopes of reaching the U.S., played at a temporary shelter in Tijuana this week. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Job One for Mexico’s New Leader: Fix Migrant Crisis," 30 Nov. 2018 Bober, an avid hiker who often trekked in the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge area, was last heard from by family and friends on Aug. 29. Gillian Flaccus, Fox News, "Authorities: Dead Oregon hiker likely killed by cougar," 12 Sep. 2018 Bober, an avid hiker who often trekked in the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge area, was last heard from by family and friends on Aug. 29. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Authorities: Dead Oregon hiker likely killed by cougar," 11 Sep. 2018 Nepalese snacks apparently familiar to anyone who has trekked the Himalayas, but new to me. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 On Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak, the Stone Hut, built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers a snug, historic winter retreat for intrepid families who trek in on skis or snowshoes. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Yes, You Should Move Your Family to Vermont," 20 June 2018 This is a couple who, not long ago, trekked around the world with their son and three daughters—ages five to 13 at the time—for a full year. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 4 Oct. 2010 The mountainous island is now a favorite year-round destination for trekking, surfing, diving and fishing for in-the-know travelers. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 Beginning Thursday, the Tigers will split into two buses, trekking the Metro Detroit area and northern part of the state. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers winter caravan: 2 buses across Michigan on Thurs., Fri.," 20 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But instead of addressing that concern, DHS, which oversees CBP, initially released a statement about Caal’s death that appears to try to shift blame onto her and her father for making the trek to the US in the first place. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Migrant girl dies in Border Patrol’s custody," 15 Dec. 2018 Alaska Railroad freight trains resumed runs between Anchorage and Fairbanks on Tuesday following repairs to earthquake damage that prevented trains making the trek. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, "Alaska selfie-takers told to stay off quake-buckled road," 5 Dec. 2018 Below, their must-see spots for anyone planning to make the trek to Lisbon. Cara Sanders, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Lisbon from the Duo Behind the City’s Coolest Boutique Hotel," 8 Sep. 2018 Before making the trek to New Zealand, Delaney Tarr, a 2018 MSD graduate, was traveling through Florida registering young voters on the Road to Change, as part of the March for Our Lives movement. Beatrice Dupuy, Teen Vogue, "28 Parkland Students Traveled to New Zealand to Attend a Summit on Youth Activism," 10 Aug. 2018 Hurricane Beryl becomes first of 2018 Atlantic season Late last month NASA's Earth Observatory website wrote an explainer piece on the millions of tons of dust, complete with a map of the clouds making the trek to North, South, and Central America. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 2018 These children should not be making the long trek to the United States – because that journey endangers their lives. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Some of the pictures of border kids that haunt me most are from 2014. Here's why | Will Bunch," 24 June 2018 The two were joined by celebrity guests like Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway and Edgar Ramirez who all made the trek to the Italian countryside for the wedding. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Jessica Chastain Celebrates 1-Year Wedding Anniversary with 'Spectacular' Italian Husband," 11 June 2018 Making the trek to South Florida could be challenging for Kim. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Will Trump meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un in South Florida?," 6 June 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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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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