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

But skies had been clear just a few hours earlier on June 23, when the team of young soccer players trekked into the complex with an assistant coach and disappeared with a day’s worth of food and some flashlights. Time, "Thailand Clings to Hope as the Search for a Missing Soccer Team Enters Its Seventh Day," 30 June 2018 After a short distance, before descending too far, break off to the right and trek a short way up the flank of Shell Ridge. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Winter, spring arrive at same moment at Mount Diablo," 4 Mar. 2018 And to a packed travel schedule for Ms. Andras and the cast, many of whom will be trekking to multiple conventions during the next year. Maureen Ryan, New York Times, "A Cult Show’s Recipe for Success: Whiskey, Twitter and Complex Women," 6 July 2018 Long ago, Thimes and a girlfriend trekked here, both enchanted by the city’s jazz scene. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Singer Denise Thimes puts down roots in Chicago," 5 July 2018 This summer, Jeremih and Teyana Taylor will trek across North America for their upcoming 24-city joint tour. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Jeremih Announces North American Tour With Teyana Taylor," 12 June 2018 He's later seen trekking through the woods at night, which honestly seems super dangerous. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 Community groups lost a legal battle Thursday to reopen a pathway into Griffith Park that had been popular with hikers and tourists trekking to see the Hollywood sign. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Griffith Park groups lose legal battle over pathway to see Hollywood sign," 22 Mar. 2018 Walmart employees can now use mobile devices to check whether an item is in stock and avoid trekking to distant storerooms. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How to Rent the Happy House The house costs from $400 per person per day (inclusive of all meals, drinks, overnight treks, mountain biking, and wellness treatments; helicopter transfers cost extra); children under 16 are half-price. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 The group entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23 for what was meant to be a half-day trek, but were trapped inside by rising floodwaters. Time, "'I Love You Mom, I Love You Dad.' Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends Handwritten Notes From the Cave," 8 July 2018 River Jordan hosts camel treks, rides and tours to meet the three adult camels and two calves that call it home. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Camel milk is the hot new trend and there is a farm right here in Indiana," 21 June 2018 Dressing for a night on the town is different than doing so for a trek in the mountains, when a pair of pants can be all that’s between the wearer and frostbite. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Scandinavian Man Stages a Non-Fashion Fashion Show in Stockholm," 6 Feb. 2019 In Tijuana there were protests against migrants last year when a caravan of some 5,000 migrants arrived there after a month-long trek across Mexico. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexico to Receive Some Migrants From the U.S.," 25 Jan. 2019 Bruno had twisted his knee during an arduous skiing trek through the mountains. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Helicopter Pulls Off Improbable Rescue Mission in the French Alps," 10 Jan. 2019 Work, eat, sleep, repeat RDR II begins with a desperate trek through a late-spring blizzard. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 The latter starts at about $120/person for a two hour trek. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Is on a Vacation with Ant Anstead and His Kids and It Looks Like a Fairytale," 26 July 2018

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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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