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

Settle into this mountain town and take to the trails, trekking to Alpine lakes and meadows scattered with wildflowers and ringing with cowbells. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 An onsite camp leader can arrange experiences such as downhill mountain biking on the edge of the Tunupa Volcano, trekking to the volcano’s crater, and hiking to the peak of Kachi Island. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 3 Sep. 2019 This is good spot for the less experienced hiker — the kind of person who may not have hiking shoes and doesn't know what to do with a trekking pole. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Take a break from the city with these 5 hiking spots within 50 miles of Louisville," 8 July 2019 The Art of Burning Man’ + cocktails at Sister, Oakland Experience the wild creativity of Burning Man, without having to trek into the desert or get sand in your food. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Bay Area date night ideas for fall," 9 Sep. 2019 The public property on Zorro Ranch is surrounded by Epstein's private property and can only be accessed by trekking through the private lands. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, "What's next for Epstein's Zorro Ranch, where accusers say they were raped and trafficked," 31 Aug. 2019 The research team had to trek more than 700 miles on foot and by pack horse to get to the site. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwelling," 10 Aug. 2019 But rural Americans had had to trek dozens of miles to their nearest Post Office, not even knowing whether there was any mail waiting for them. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 And people living in vast swaths of middle America states like Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas would have had to trek at least 180 miles to the nearest clinic, according to the report. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What to Consider If You Have to Travel for an Abortion," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The project traces their travels over a map, and adds anecdotes from their treks at key points in their journey. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Introducing The Loop, Fortune’s Newsletter on Sustainability: raceAhead," 10 Sep. 2019 Walter agrees to work with him, setting the film on its largely familiar procedural trek through shocking evidence of malfeasance, thwarted legal maneuvers and eventual triumph in a courtroom bathed in sunlight. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Just Mercy': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 And like my trek along the Tennessee Valley Trail, my disappointment as missing another shipwreck was quickly countered by the company and the crisp ocean air. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Doomed on a quest to spot Bay Area shipwrecks," 4 Sep. 2019 While computer model projections all show that Hurricane Dorian will remain just off the East Coast of the U.S., there is still uncertainty involved in that forecast, especially since the storm has yet to begin its northward trek. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Dorian starts inching north, closer to Florida, Georgia and Carolinas," 3 Sep. 2019 Most Portland-area students won’t make their inaugural trek for the 2019-20 school year until Tuesday, the day after Labor Day. oregonlive.com, "Portland back to school: Lost teeth earn bragging rights, birthdays bring hugs on the first day of class," 28 Aug. 2019 Day 4: Sunset paddleboarding and Johnny Cash’s redemption Round off your trek with an hour-long drive back to Chattanooga for a tour of Ruby Falls, the 145-foot-high underground waterfall cascading more than 1,120 feet beneath Lookout Mountain. National Geographic, "Take an epic road trip to Tennessee’s coolest caverns," 16 Aug. 2019 Counting boats, not votes: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose this week led 30 kayakers, including U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, more than 8 miles on his fourth annual Cuyahoga Valley National Park trek. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "AG Dave Yost suspends but defends Ohio’s facial-recognition software: Capitol Letter," 15 Aug. 2019 Dykes was originally scheduled to finish his trek on Saturday, but was delayed by Super Typhoon Lekima, which hit his intended finish line in Shanghai over the weekend. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Welsh Man Is First to Walk the Length of the Yangtze River," 13 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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