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

Thousands of visitors also trekked to neighboring areas of Argentina where the eclipse also will be total. Washington Post, "Thousands marvel as total eclipse darkens Chile, Argentina," 3 July 2019 But instead of trekking from apartment-to-apartment, Madison Place is offering virtual-reality (VR) tours to potential renters who can view different floor plans and interior designs from the sales center lounge. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Covington's newest high-rise apartment complex offers virtual-reality tours," 20 June 2019 Despite having no shot at getting into the property, the Democratic candidates and their coterie are trekking to the Homestead migrant children detention center, the largest such shelter in the United States. Kathy Laskowski, sun-sentinel.com, "5 things to watch in Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami," 27 June 2019 Then Anthony, along with Kim Kardashian West and others, trekked downtown to grab her birthday cake. Essence, "Inside La La Anthony's Dessert-Filled Birthday In New York City," 27 June 2019 But what really gives us shivers of excitement is trekking through one of Alaska's ice caves or sledding down one of Colorado's tallest sand dunes. Jennifer Adler, National Geographic, "10 perfect ways to cool off in the U.S.," 27 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heli-ski down remote slopes, trek on slippery glaciers, learn to lead a dogsled, and straddle a snowmobile. Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic, "22 awe-inspiring images of icy adventures in Greenland," 22 May 2019 Jesse Katz, her son, recounted his mother's trek on foot at the age of 7 with her family through the Pyrenees Mountains from France to Spain. Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com, "Hundreds turn out to celebrate late mayor Vera Katz," 28 Jan. 2018 Fuman was thrust into the spotlight this month when a teacher at his school in southern China shared a photo showing him covered in frost, the result of a 2.8-mile trek to school on a frigid day. Javier C. HernÁndez, New York Times, "China’s Propagandists Wanted a Hero. ‘Frost Boy’ Fit the Bill.," 23 Jan. 2018 Those making a mainland trek on one of the intermittent ferry trips often are picking up groceries and other supplies for neighbors. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "On U.P.'s Sugar Island, ice jams hinder access to mainland, throwing lives into chaos," 22 Jan. 2018 Tip: To see Madagascar's largest species of lemurs, the indri, trek to the Andasibe National Park. National Geographic, "10 unforgettable animal-watching adventures," 21 June 2019 Friday, June 21, is the official first day of summer, and what better way to celebrate than a trek to Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old stone circle in Wiltshire, England. Mark Dufrene, The Mercury News, "Photos: Celebration at Stonehenge brings in the summer solstice," 21 June 2019 Several of the top 20 players in the world committed while there was still snow on the ground, apparently undaunted by the transcontinental trek to central Connecticut. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Is TPC River Highlands a cushy landing spot for PGA pros after the grind of a U.S. Open? It’s not that simple," 18 June 2019 When 9/11 strikes and the family has no news, one of his sons makes the daunting trek to Manhattan to find his father. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Hats off to winners of ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ scholarships," 12 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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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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