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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Despite having no shot at getting into the property, the Democratic candidates and their coterie are trekking to the Homestead migrant children detention center, the largest such shelter in the United States. Kathy Laskowski, sun-sentinel.com, "5 things to watch in Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami," 27 June 2019 Then Anthony, along with Kim Kardashian West and others, trekked downtown to grab her birthday cake. Essence, "Inside La La Anthony's Dessert-Filled Birthday In New York City," 27 June 2019 But what really gives us shivers of excitement is trekking through one of Alaska's ice caves or sledding down one of Colorado's tallest sand dunes. Jennifer Adler, National Geographic, "10 perfect ways to cool off in the U.S.," 27 June 2019 Visit an exhibition detailing the geology and folklore of the glen, then warm up with an ale at a cozy inn favored by climbers and hillwalkers trekking the West Highland Way. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 For female turtles, mid-May to early July often means trekking long stretches of land to find a suitable location to lay eggs. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With female turtles on the move, the DNR is asking drivers to help document where they are crossing roads," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tip: To see Madagascar's largest species of lemurs, the indri, trek to the Andasibe National Park. National Geographic, "10 unforgettable animal-watching adventures," 21 June 2019 Friday, June 21, is the official first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate than a trek to Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old stone circle in Wiltshire, England. Mark Dufrene, The Mercury News, "Photos: Celebration at Stonehenge brings in the summer solstice," 21 June 2019 Several of the top 20 players in the world committed while there was still snow on the ground, apparently undaunted by the transcontinental trek to central Connecticut. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Is TPC River Highlands a cushy landing spot for PGA pros after the grind of a U.S. Open? It’s not that simple," 18 June 2019 When 9/11 strikes and the family has no news, one of his sons makes the daunting trek to Manhattan to find his father. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Hats off to winners of ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ scholarships," 12 June 2019 According to Durham Herald Sun, there have been reports of alligators and even snakes swimming parallel to the Outer Banks beaches, but this appears to be the first photo evidence of a deer making the dangerous trek. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Boaters Shocked to Find Deer Swimming Across Dangerous Outer Banks Inlet," 10 June 2019 The species may have remained unknown if Foster hadn't made the 500-mile trek to Sydney's Australian Museum to share his findings with paleontologists. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Opal Miner Unearths New Species of Dinosaur," 5 June 2019 Finding the stuff was not easy and usually required a lengthy trek to the Arctic, a large research budget and a fair amount of luck. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 For hikers seeking a less physically demanding but rewarding summit trek, the route up this little hill delivers the goods without the pain. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019

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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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