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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Chris Paddack prepared a mix of hip-hop, country music and the solitude of silence for the 5 1/2-hour trek, mostly along Interstate 10. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres prospect Chris Paddack 'better now' as he restarts career in Lake Elsinore," 23 May 2018 On the trek, Jewel Forlon Snell, the first American born in Mexico, joined the procession. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Old American colony in Mexico clings to its past," 18 May 2018 The half-mile trek, while easier than an alternate route with an even steeper slope, can be daunting during rainy or bitter-cold days. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Lake family faces gun violence and a move back to the inner city: A Greater Cleveland," 8 Jan. 2018 They won't be sold in the U.S. until August, according to a press release, so mark your calendars and plan a trek to the home store then. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Lamp and Bookshelf Double as Speakers," 8 Apr. 2019 Moira Boxall, who returned to Glasgow after vacationing in Queensland, Australia, found the serpent curled up in one of her shoes after the long trek. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Python on Plane Travels from Australia to Scotland Inside Woman's Shoe," 25 Feb. 2019 Consider a trek up to White Mountain Cider Company for dinner and a dessert of warm cider doughnuts and ice cream. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 On Saturdays, visitors make the trek by donkey carriage to the weekly souk, or market. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 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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