Definition of trek in English:

trek

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Pronunciation: /trɛk
 
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noun

  • 1A long arduous journey, especially one made on foot: a trek to the South Pole
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    • Named for the 4,672-foot volcanic massif, which from the west appears to have three peaks, the park has a number of trails and hikes, varying from easy strolls to extremely arduous treks.
    • Although he has been part of several groups in his various adventures in the past, he has spent a great deal of these arduous treks in the company of Sir Ranulf Ffiennes.
    • The attack took place along an arduous trek into the wildlife sanctuary on Kapiti Island which is heavily wooded at this time of year.
    Synonyms
    journey, trip, expedition, safari, odyssey; hike, march, slog, footslog, tramp, trudge, walk; long haul
    British informal yomp, trog
  • 1.1 (the Trek) South African see Great Trek.
  • 1.2South African A leg or stage of a journey.
  • 2 [mass noun] South African informal A person’s possessions: I was at the new flat waiting for my trek to arrive
  • 3South African A haul of fish caught using a trek net.

verb (treks, trekking, trekked)

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  • 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Go on a long arduous journey, typically on foot: we trekked through the jungle
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    • Although his ammo had been replenished, the captain would rather have trekked back to the supply area than witness a fellow soldier die.
    • They had a big fish tank in one corner and he was trekking back and forth between that and a bannister by a flight of stairs way across the room.
    • Director Majid Majidi (The Children of Heaven) follows a blind eight-year-old boy as he treks across the Iranian countryside with his rather distant father.
    Synonyms
    hike, tramp, march, slog, footslog, trudge, traipse, walk; travel, journey
    British informal yomp, trog
  • 1.1South African Travel constantly from place to place: my plan is to trek about seeing the world
  • 1.2 historical , chiefly South African Migrate or journey with one’s belongings by ox wagon.
  • 1.3 [no object, usually in imperative] South African (Of an ox) draw a vehicle or pull a load: ‘Trek!’ he shouted, and we were off
  • 2 [no object] South African Fish using a trek net: many licences are given to men who trek for sport rather than professional fishermen

Derivatives

trekker

noun
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  • The trekkers, who are from Chennai and Ootacamund, will be pulling on their backpacks on December 12, one day after International Mountain Day concludes.
  • The organisers, who included experienced trekkers, wanted a ‘warm-up’ walk before starting the actual climb up the steep rocky slope of the hill.
  • They have visited guest houses, police stations, trekkers ' haunts, enlisted the help of Nepalese guides - and put up thousands of posters pleading for information.

Origin

mid 19th century: from South African Dutch trek (noun), trekken (verb) 'pull, travel'.

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