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 Wochit Thousands of hunters will trek into Michigan woods and fields Friday as firearms deer season opens. Detroit Free Press, "Buck numbers appear up in northern Michigan as firearms season opens," 15 Nov. 2019 The result, courtesy of the ingenuity of the Khasi and Jaintia people who trek these paths from their first baby steps: the living tree-root bridges of the Cherrapunji region. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years," 11 Nov. 2019 Lake County Commission Chairwoman Leslie Campione, for instance, trekked to Washington, D.C., in July to meet with Florida members of Congress about the delay. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "FEMA money slowly trickles in to local governments for Hurricane Irma expenses," 8 Nov. 2019 That means seniors clamoring for high-dose shots, which have become increasingly popular since they were introduced nine years ago, are trekking from one drug store or doctor’s office to another. BostonGlobe.com, "A powerful flu shot that provides extra protection for older people with weaker immune systems is becoming a hot commodity for health-minded seniors. But as a new flu season gets underway, it’s not always easy to find.," 28 Oct. 2019 During the battle, a soldier who had trekked all the way from southcentral Europe was killed, his body falling into the river. Fox News, "3,000-year-old tools discovered in Europe show how far warriors traveled for battle," 22 Oct. 2019 After the screening guests trekked from the Metrograph to the Crown, the rooftop bar in Hotel 50 Bowery. Vogue, "Inside the Premiere of Frankie With Isabelle Huppert and Marisa Tomei," 16 Oct. 2019 Holding signs and leashes with dogs of their own, the marchers trekked from the Longview Civic Circle to the Longview Police Department and Cowlitz County Hall of Justice. Alex Bruell, The Seattle Times, "Marchers in Longview demand charges in dog deaths case; owners of slain cat speak out," 27 Sep. 2019 Clerics trek from one town to the next, sometimes requiring military transport to get to their remote destinations. Washington Post, "A bid to allow married priests in the Amazon ignites debate about celibacy," 16 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local Natives will join Foals for 13 stops of the 15-city trek. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Foals Reveal North American Co-Headlining Dates with Local Natives," 11 Nov. 2019 Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for decades ignored or taken a defensive stance against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach, who took the helm of the organization in July. Rachel D'oro, The Know, "Iditarod changes tack, will meet with animal welfare leader," 20 Oct. 2019 Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for decades ignored or taken a defensive stance against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach, who took the helm of the organization in July. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Trying new strategy, Iditarod CEO agrees to meet with a PETA leader," 16 Oct. 2019 With 400 miles of trails, hikers can amble through mellow verdant valleys or choose from dozens of thigh-burning treks. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 2019 According to Dykes, one of the hardest parts of the trek was its start at an elevation of 16,730 feet -- the same height as base camp at Mt. Everest. Fox News, "British explorer's historic Yangtze River trek included blizzards, wolves and a landslide," 13 Aug. 2019 With 400 miles of trails, hikers can amble through mellow verdant valleys or choose from dozens of thigh-burning treks. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Mountain getaways are worth a ‘peak’ in summer," 27 July 2019 Witnessing eruptions on a faraway moon used to require more of a trek. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "This World Is a Simmering Hellscape. They’ve Been Watching Its Explosions.," 26 June 2019 About 200 people have signed up so far to join at least part of the trek, according to the network. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Educators plan March to Madison in effort to restore Evers' education budget," 14 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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20 Nov 2019

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“Trek.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trekked. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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