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

Taking the time to trek to your appointment, spill your feelings, then commute to the next stop on your list can sometimes be even harder. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Actually Have a Successful Teletherapy Appointment," 2 Feb. 2019 The plane was battered by heavy winds and rains while trekking over the Gulf of Mexico, and Captain Carlos Dardano realized that his engines wouldn’t start shortly thereafter. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 The mobile platform intended to carry NASA’s Space Launch System is scheduled to trek to the rocket’s launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week, Spaceflight Now reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Exos flies, China sets launch record, new Falcon Heavy data," 31 Aug. 2018 There's a hot tub, too, but the real perks here are the proximity to the imposing Mount Esja for hikes (there are trails easy enough for the kids to trek), just 20 minutes away, and open skies perfect for nighttime Northern Lights viewing. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Airbnbs in Reykjavík," 9 Aug. 2018 Gangidine and his team routinely travel to Yellowstone to trek into the park’s hydrothermal fields—grassy plains pocketed with gassy geologic features—and collect samples. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "This Scientist Learns About Life on Mars in Yellowstone," 18 June 2018 Looking to get outside in the Anchorage area and don't have 12 hours to spare to trek into the wilderness? Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 Oscar Chavez trekked over a mountain with his father and younger brother to search for his brother Edgar, sister-in-law Sandra, and nephew Josue in the hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes, which was almost entirely wiped out by the volcanic flows. BostonGlobe.com, "At Guatemala volcano, weather and danger halt search," 8 June 2018 In theory, marijuana delivery companies willing to trek to outlying areas might help fill that gap. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Marijuana delivery to all of California? Measure would expand access | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our friends at the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser have been chronicling Johnson's trek through the NFL draft process via video. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Watch: Detroit Lions' Kerryon Johnson video series from draft process," 2 May 2018 There will be a Zoomobile nature tour, a bird-watching trek through the zoo and the opportunity to dig in the dirt and plant something. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do with kids this May include free museum admission, free bike giveaway and cheap movies," 2 May 2018 The famous Great Migration, an annual trek of 2 million animals through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bisects the reserve annually. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 Previous trips have included ice climbing in Northern Ontario, motorbiking in Tanzania and, most recently, a backpack trek in Olympic National Park with Andy Best. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Vote for Huckberry's Explorer’s Grant and Win Your Chance to Go on a Wild Adventure," 26 Mar. 2019 What pushed it so far beyond your standard game experience was the ability to make that trek with another anonymous human player who could only communicate to you through emotive chirps. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 Unlike some other builds, EarthCruisers have gone on some serious trips, including a 16,000 mile trek across Russia and Mongolia. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Off-road camper fits in a shipping container for overseas travel," 21 Aug. 2018 The 42-year-old father of three recalled going hungry on long treks, being detained and deported from Mexico and how a drug gang once briefly held him captive. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "A Lifeline in Honduras: Cash From the U.S.," 7 Aug. 2018 The Atlanta creator is gearing up to head out on a headlining North American trek alongside Rae Sremmurd when the This Is America Tour kicks off in September. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Childish Gambino Announces 'Summertime Starts Here' Experience Series," 13 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 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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