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 At the same time, Danish designers and artisans often trek to Japan for inspiration. Lis King, House Beautiful, "Japandi Style: How Japanese and Scandinavian Design Became a Hybrid—and Why It's Trending Now," 8 Mar. 2021 Each year tens of thousands of people trek into the Nevada desert to erect a temporary metropolis and briefly experience a society founded on principles such as immediacy, generosity and inclusion. Ted Alcorn, WSJ, "Burning Man’s Mission in a Post-Covid World," 20 Feb. 2021 For those who plan to trek many miles into the backcountry, a compact model is better since every bit of extra weight can make the long walk back a little more difficult. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Important Questions To Ask When Buying A Spotting Scope," 28 Aug. 2019 Still, 21 Donner Party members trek out with these mountaineers, and only two die. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "The Case for Cannibalism, or: How to Survive the Donner Party," 13 Jan. 2021 Aside from learning about the mountain and how to navigate it, many who trek into the backcountry this year will also learn from it. NBC News, "Backcountry skiing — and equipment — see surge in interest as ski resorts limit crowds," 21 Dec. 2020 All three were inactive for Sunday’s game, while the Dolphins continue to trek without second-year receiver Preston Williams, who remains out with a foot injury. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Tua Tagovailoa scores two rushing touchdowns as Dolphins pound Patriots on the ground in 22-12 victory," 20 Dec. 2020 The sadists who trek to Galveston during any given Spring Break deserve some kind of award for their bravery and patience. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "19 rules every Houstonian should follow to live their best Bayou City life," 24 Nov. 2020 Even though the Rams are playing on a short week because of the Monday Night game, and have a cross country trek to make, their strengths play perfectly into Miami’s weaknesses, making this a bad matchup for the Dolphins. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "Staff predictions: Miami Dolphins (3-3) vs. Los Angeles Rams (5-2)," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Big Creek Reservation’s Lake-to-Lake Trail, a universally accessible trek, explores two of the largest glacial wetlands in Northeast Ohio -- Lakes Abram and Isaac. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Explore Cleveland Metroparks with multifaceted 2021 Trail Challenge," 5 Apr. 2021 Others worry a stream of less-experienced users aren’t taking the trek into frozen, dynamic glacial wilderness seriously. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Knik Glacier’s biking boom is drawing hundreds into backcountry once tough to reach," 1 Apr. 2021 Kids will love scrambling around the bumpy landscape on the Skull Rock trail, while more avid hikers might want to explore the seven-mile trek to Lost Palms Oasis. Emily Pennington, Travel + Leisure, "The 5 Best California National Parks, According to a Writer Who's Visited Them All," 30 Mar. 2021 Giving up his hopes of being rescued near the wreckage, Sena embarked on what turned out to be a 17-mile trek through the rainforest, home to jaguars, venomous insects, and anacondas. BostonGlobe.com, "His plane crashed in the Amazon. Then came the hard part," 28 Mar. 2021 Giving up his hopes of being rescued near the wreckage, Mr. Sena embarked on what turned out to be a 17-mile trek through the rainforest, home to jaguars, venomous insects and anacondas. New York Times, "His Plane Crashed in the Amazon. Then Came the Hard Part.," 28 Mar. 2021 But amidst the rumoring no one knew about Orwig and his group’s trek to the Final Four in Houston. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "'Bob Knight? The coach from Army?' How Indiana basketball changed course 50 years ago," 27 Mar. 2021 Right now, bush poppies (also called tree poppy) are blooming, giving the trek a sunny feel. Los Angeles Times, "Why you should spy on lizards having sex," 25 Mar. 2021 As a standalone trek, the route rolls through desert hills and high passes with outstanding views of the Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "This old Arizona mine yielded a fortune in beauty products. Here's how to hike to it," 24 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trek. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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