trek

verb
\ˈtrek \
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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The photos were taken by both amateur and professional photographers, who braved frigid weather, trekked through dense forests and walked across wetlands to capture the perfect shots of our fine feathered friends. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 But after fording fast rivers, trekking through forest and braving mountain roads, the journalist found him. The Economist, "Obituary: Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the first cardinal from Central America," 23 June 2018 Perhaps the only thing more torturous than trekking 600 miles to the South Pole, through some of the most inhospitable conditions nature has to offer, is watching your son do the same. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Father and son risk their lives crossing Antarctica to save the planet," 14 June 2018 Voyles and Richards-Zawacki went back to Panama in 2012, trekking through the forest on a search for frogs. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Some endangered frogs may be leaping back from extinction," 17 May 2018 Other defectors usually took months to complete the trip to South Korea, often trekking through the jungles of Southeast Asia with the help of human traffickers. New York Times, "Tale of North Korean Waitresses Who Fled to South Takes Dark Turn," 11 May 2018 From your base at Gocta Natura, take two or three days to make like Indiana Jones and trek through the jungle to explore the archaeological remains scattered over the terrain. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days in Northern Peru," 2 May 2018 Compounding that, most of the island's generation is done in the south and trekked through miles of wires to the bulk of the population in the north. Nick Brown, Anchorage Daily News, "Storm-ravaged Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout," 19 Apr. 2018 Guests also tour Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol empire, hike the dormant Khorgo volcano, submerge their bodies in mineral-rich waters at Tsenkher hot springs, and trek through Chuluut River Canyon to see a sacred tree. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gripping new virtual reality experience by the Academy Award-winning director places the participant in the shoes of migrants making the arduous trek through the Sonoran Desert to reach the United States. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Callahan’s Step 9 trek to make amends is accomplished with remarkable ease, and his support group is a haven of simpatico sufferers. Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 The anticipated North American trek kicks off on Sept. 6 in Atlanta. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Childish Gambino Brings Ultimate Summer Vibes With Two New Tracks: Listen," 11 July 2018 This is business, after all, not a backpacking trek along the Appalachian Trail. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "L.L. Bean will bring freedom for the desk-bound to Madison with outdoor workspace," 6 July 2018 Chris, hot and bothered, treks to Becca's hotel through the empty streets of Richmond, VA. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 6 Recap: Is Now Really The Time For A "Debate"?," 3 July 2018 As the cost of housing and transportation in the Bay Area steadily increases, SFO food businesses are facing an uphill battle to entice job applicants to make the airport trek, prompting some companies to get creative. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Airport restaurants in search of staff offer signing bonuses, gift cards," 28 June 2018 Guided evening and early morning treks through the zoo to investigate animals, as well as their habitats, behavior and care. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 Along with its services, the spa also hosts mountaintop yoga and wellness treks through the area's many trails. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Resort is Jamaica's Best Kept Secret," 27 June 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 \
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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