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

The pair trekked to Tequila, Jalisco, in southwestern Mexico to learn the process at Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, where Fuentes is the master distiller. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nick Jonas and Menswear Designer John Varvatos Launch Villa One Tequila," 31 Aug. 2019 Most enter the park via bush plane, while some hardy hikers trek through difficult terrain to access the park. Jae Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Best National Parks for Every Kind of Vacation," 15 Aug. 2019 About 100 employees from the 2,000-person company trekked to the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate on Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, "For Partnership’s new CEO, it was a double homecoming," 7 Aug. 2019 The real fun, of course, comes from leaving your room to trek through the mud and jungle, and happening upon the animals in their own environment and observing them for hours at a time. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hottest New Hotel Openings of Summer 2019," 9 July 2019 Us workers trekked to Washington, D.C., protested in New York and lobbied in front of the firms’ investors. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Bain, KKR Establish Severance Fund for Toys ‘R’ Us Workers," 20 Nov. 2018 Although the skiing was washed out last year, some folks trekked to the area anyway to gather with their friends for Birkie weekend. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Birkebeiner: Great snow conditions await after last year's ski race cancellation," 20 Feb. 2018 In the park, Mweetwa recommends trekking to the main game-viewing area just past Mfuwe Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. National Geographic, "Where lions are king: How to track the big cats in Zambia," 18 July 2019 In the most recent protest Sunday, tens of thousands of marchers symbolically took their grievances to Beijing’s doorstep by trekking to a high-speed train that links the territory to the mainland. Time Staff, Time, "'The Bill Is Dead.' Hong Kong's Leader Vows to Kill a Controversial Extradition Plan After Weeks of Protest," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Park visitors hope to be drawn in a daily lottery as one of 300 people who are permitted to try the 14-mile trek to the top, the Visalia Times Delta reported. Fox News, "Arizona hiker falls to her death while climbing Yosemite National Park's Half Dome," 8 Sep. 2019 For students pivoting into technology, the residential two-year program can expose students to curriculum (SQL, advanced data analytics, digital marketing, etc.) and corporate treks that are tailored to the industry. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "MBAs help professionals advance, branch out careers," 6 Sep. 2019 While on the shorter side at 800 miles, the AZT is billed as one tough trek. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, chicagotribune.com, "‘Hiker trash,’ a fat rattlesnake and fickle Mother Nature: What it’s like to trek 800 miles on the Arizona Trail," 4 Sep. 2019 Dozers continued building containment lines late Wednesday night, and firefighters planned to work through the night aiming to stop the blaze’s trek toward Murrieta. Los Angeles Times, "Tenaja fire chars nearly 1,000 acres near Murrieta and prompts evacuations," 4 Sep. 2019 Don’t miss the trek up to the top of 908-foot South Mountain for sweeping fall foliage views from the summit fire tower. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "8 state parks in New England to visit this fall," 3 Sep. 2019 Mauricio Pochettino would surely be happy drawing Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg - despite the long trek there - but the odds of doing so are decidedly short. SI.com, "Tottenham's Best & Worst Case Scenarios Ahead of 2019/20 Champions League Draw," 29 Aug. 2019 My summer days were filled with long bike treks in search of bass, bluegills, catfish and carp and any other specie that would dare feast on my simple hook and line efforts of garden worms or the occasional doughball. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Jim Gronaw: When kids go fishing, it sure is fun," 24 Aug. 2019 The trek to Japan in January 2018 turned out to be a life-saver. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US," 21 Aug. 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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