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 Aside from learning about the mountain and how to navigate it, many who trek into the backcountry this year will also learn from it. NBC News, "Backcountry skiing — and equipment — see surge in interest as ski resorts limit crowds," 21 Dec. 2020 All three were inactive for Sunday’s game, while the Dolphins continue to trek without second-year receiver Preston Williams, who remains out with a foot injury. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Tua Tagovailoa scores two rushing touchdowns as Dolphins pound Patriots on the ground in 22-12 victory," 20 Dec. 2020 The sadists who trek to Galveston during any given Spring Break deserve some kind of award for their bravery and patience. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "19 rules every Houstonian should follow to live their best Bayou City life," 24 Nov. 2020 Even though the Rams are playing on a short week because of the Monday Night game, and have a cross country trek to make, their strengths play perfectly into Miami’s weaknesses, making this a bad matchup for the Dolphins. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "Staff predictions: Miami Dolphins (3-3) vs. Los Angeles Rams (5-2)," 29 Oct. 2020 But Shura Boz, a college senior living in Los Angeles, opted not to trek to San Mateo for Thanksgiving this year. Bianna Golodryga, CNN, "One college student shares why he trekked home for Thanksgiving, and what he's doing to stay safe," 27 Nov. 2020 While that number is expected to be down by 43 percent this year, that still means millions of people will trek to a store out of tradition or to nab a deal. NBC News, "Holiday crowds are good for business — but not for retail workers," 25 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, passengers still will have to trek through increasingly busy airports this holiday season looking for food, supplies and a place to rest before and in between flights. Dallas News, "Thanksgiving week will push airport crowds to pandemic highs," 16 Nov. 2020 During last year’s outages, my family would trek into San Francisco, where the power was never shut off, to juice up at Starbucks or a library, grab dinner, and maybe see a movie before trekking home to the dark. Christopher Null, Wired, "Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the film industry begins its trek toward normalcy, some still wonder if movie theaters can recover after a devastating year. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "2020 movies: Reflecting on a year in film," 25 Dec. 2020 The week before Christmas is normally just as busy for Santa Claus as his worldwide trek on Christmas Eve. Brenda Cain, cleveland, "Santa sends bright message of love to hospitalized kids and veterans in Ohio (video)," 24 Dec. 2020 Trying to maintain safe distancing for the players, Stanford rented 10 buses to make the five-hour trek there from Seattle. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "‘Our traveling circus’: Inside Stanford football’s wild exile in Pacific Northwest," 18 Dec. 2020 HitchBOT, a robot attempting a cross-country trek from New York to California in 2015, never got beyond Philadelphia, where it was dismembered by an unknown assailant. Bonnie Miller Rubin, WSJ, "What Makes People Abuse Robots," 2 Nov. 2020 After a pair of vacations were snuffed out because of the pandemic, the family opted to ride along the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile trek from Pittsburgh to Cumberland that connects to the C&O Canal trail in Cumberland. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "A Westminster 8-year-old learned to ride a bike during the pandemic. Now he’s riding to help preserve C&O Canal trails.," 21 Aug. 2020 My family made the trek from Fort Collins to Boulder for homecoming, 10 years after my mom graduated from CU in 1957. Mike Judson, The Denver Post, "How I got hooked on sports: Dropping into Folsom Field for a glimpse of the Buffs," 5 Apr. 2020 The highlight of our trek: Learning about Luey, an 11-year-old two-toed sloth. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando’s hidden paradise offers adventures by land and by sea," 20 Dec. 2020 Coronavirus prevented the Timberwolves from taking their annual trek down to Mankato for their traditional lasagna dinner with owner Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Owner Glen Taylor expects Wolves to make the playoffs," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Trek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trek. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for trek

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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