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

Then there’s a number of wellness activities like yoga, pilates, and trekking trails. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Sicilian Resort Where Celebrities Are Flocking This Weekend," 31 July 2018 Upwards of 50 falls have led to a hurt quad, tendinitis, and swollen ankles, forcing him on a few occasions to catch up on lost time by trekking nearly 60 miles in a day with only a few hours’ rest at night. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "This Teacher May Set an FKT on the Appalachian Trail," 5 July 2018 To see mountain goats: Glacier National Park, Montana What can jump 12 feet in a single bound—and will trek up to 15 miles to lick a natural salt deposit? Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.," 23 Apr. 2018 After trekking more than 900 miles across Antarctica over the course of 71 days, British explorer Henry Worsley died this weekend from organ failure. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Explorer Dies Before He Completes Trek Across Antarctica," 25 Jan. 2016 Traveler contributor Jordi Lippe-McGraw visited Antarctica—her seventh and final continent—during her pregnancy and trekked across Italy on a road bike. Condé Nast Traveler, "Two Super-Travelers on Everywhere They Went While Pregnant," 5 Nov. 2018 Fleeing gang violence in Honduras, Yudith Santos made her way up the spine of Central America, trekking some 1,400 miles with her two young daughters. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Immigrant mother separated from her daughters reaches out with a letter," 10 July 2018 Each year, 3 million people trek at least a portion of the trail, with just a fraction of those walking its entire length. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "8 Things to Know Before You Hike the Appalachian Trail," 25 June 2018 By August, more than 2,500 men, women and children had drowned making the treacherous voyage across the Mediterranean in rickety boats and rafts that year, and an untold number had died trekking across the Continent. Marc Santora, New York Times, "They Let 71 People Die in a Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shirley Heinze to host educational hike The final trek of Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s Educational Hike series will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 30 at Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve on North Lake Park Ave., Hobart. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 June 2018 After a tense and arduous trek west, Mr. Heinrich, his sister and their parents ended up in a one-room cabin in the forest of Hahnheide, near Hamburg, Germany. Hugh Raffles, WSJ, "‘A Naturalist at Large’ Review: The Habit of Taking a Closer Look," 30 Aug. 2018 While the vehicle itself is nowhere near ready for production, Elon Musk has claimed on Twitter that a prototype vehicle has already made that cross-country trek using the company’s existing Supercharger network. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla's Prototype Semi Traveled Across the Country on Superchargers Alone," 27 Aug. 2018 Earth's full trek through the dusty trail lasts from July 17 to Aug. 24. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "The 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower Promises Spectacular Views This Week," 6 Aug. 2018 Since there is no area sectional tournament at the Junior level, Deerfield Beach earned the trek to Florida's capital for tournament play beginning on Friday (July 20). Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deerfield Beach Little League Junior Division All-Stars ready for trip to Florida's capital," 12 July 2018 Otherwise, go either way at the junction for a 2-mile downhill trek to viewing decks at the edge of the lake. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Rogers Trail hike is a lovely walk in the woods," 5 July 2018 The same weekend, Arvind Ravikumar, a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford, showed up at the train station in Los Angeles and got on the Sunset Limited, ready for a two-day trek through the Southwest desert. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "New University Rules Encourage Scientists to Avoid Air Travel," 3 July 2018 There the politically unsympathetic owner of a vast ranch showed his decency by loaning horses and men for the trek over the Andes. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 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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