Definition of trek in English:


nounPlural treks

  • 1A long arduous journey, especially one made on foot.

    ‘a trek to the South Pole’
    • ‘A long sweep was a four-day trek through the surrounding mountains.’
    • ‘He has since been offering rides and taking tourists on treks through the surrounding countryside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much encouragement had been given her by her family, who will be making the trek to Johannesburg with her later this week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has been a long trek for the women's movement.’
    • ‘For people who have been cramped into buses for 12 hours or more, few irritations are worse than discovering there is no hot shower or bed at the end of the trek.’
    • ‘The film also doesn't stint on the darker dimension, as evidenced by the company's several long, arduous treks.’
    • ‘For all their efforts, they were treated to a warm reception in Moran's Pub in Grange where they were able to put their feet up after their trek.’
    • ‘The trek through the exhibition provided surprising confluences between artists from diverse traditions.’
    • ‘It has been a long trek since their humble beginnings in the early 1950's, when there were no flights to Namibia from Germany, Europe or America.’
    • ‘Now, when he gathers early acorns or leaves, the stuff of our neighborhood treks, we photograph them or draw pictures directly into the journal.’
    • ‘Currently he is gearing up for a trek through the Panama Canal.’
    • ‘He managed to get ashore after the Grosvenor was wrecked but did not survive the trek to safety.’
    • ‘Other destinations include Dien Bien Phu, the mountainous province of Lai Chau, Bac Ha and the township of Sapa, with visits to tribal markets and treks on foot to remote villages.’
    • ‘They are there to help us store fat for our long treks across the desert, so we can go without eating for long periods.’
    • ‘The attack took place along an arduous trek into the wildlife sanctuary on Kapiti Island which is heavily wooded at this time of year.’
    • ‘After work, they can protect my feet once more in my trek of 15 feet back to my car.’
    • ‘The hill walking training has been necessary as the walk in China involves a rise of 13, 500 feet over the seven-day trek.’
    • ‘They join the trek to the towns where they look for ‘real’ jobs.’
    journey, trip, expedition, safari, odyssey
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    1. 1.1South African
    2. 1.2South African A leg or stage of a journey.
  • 2South African informal mass noun A person's possessions.

    ‘I was at the new flat waiting for my trek to arrive’
    possessions, belongings, things, goods, worldly goods, effects, personal effects, stuff, chattels, movables
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  • 3South African A haul of fish caught using a trek net.

verbtrekked, treks, trekking

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Go on a long arduous journey, typically on foot.

    ‘we trekked through the jungle’
    • ‘No longer will prospective drivers have to trek down to the state's Motor Vehicle Division office to get their eyes assessed before hopping in a car to take the rest of the test.’
    • ‘She had spent a year in 1979 trekking in Nepal and travelling in Asia.’
    • ‘By opening this shop we are helping men to shop locally rather than them having to trek to neighbouring towns and cities.’
    • ‘As genuine off-road vehicles, however, Jeep vehicles were made for trekking the rough and rugged off-road track.’
    • ‘Adventure travelers love trekking along the coastline as they enjoy the stark beauty of the area.’
    • ‘You plan to trek on the treadmill at least four times a week so you can get into the healthiest tip-top shape possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year the Committee had trekked to Europe to have a look at emerging vehicle technology, and Gibbo was so impressed he got permission to take another look.’
    • ‘We had two vans - love vehicles, as we called them - and we went trekking from Michigan, where I was living, to California.’
    • ‘Although his ammo had been replenished, the captain would rather have trekked back to the supply area than witness a fellow soldier die.’
    • ‘Convoys of World War II vehicles and former soldiers trekking across the famous beaches evoked memories of the crucial push that eventually toppled the Third Reich.’
    • ‘I trekked down to a travel clinic in Waterloo, eventually finding it inside a church.’
    • ‘Next year, he plans to trek to Patagonia in South America for the same charity.’
    • ‘We trekked back to the car and loaded it up and got in.’
    • ‘Women trek along, carrying huge loads of eucalyptus branches on their backs for firewood.’
    • ‘The plan was to trek down the mountain, cut through the forest to the nearest town and then try to build a new life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They all pulled on their coats and then trekked after Walton up to the small castle.’
    • ‘Travel and trekking alone and at night should not be undertaken.’
    • ‘She waved and walked into her apartment building, pulling out her key as she trekked up the stairs.’
    hike, tramp, march, slog, footslog, trudge, traipse, walk
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    1. 1.1South African Travel constantly from place to place.
      ‘my plan is to trek about seeing the world’
    2. 1.2South African historical Migrate or journey with one's belongings by ox wagon.
    3. 1.3South African no object, usually in imperative (of an ox) draw a vehicle or pull a load.
      ‘‘Trek!’ he shouted, and we were off’
  • 2South African no object Fish using a trek net.

    ‘many licences are given to men who trek for sport rather than professional fishermen’


Mid 19th century: from South African Dutch trek (noun), trekken (verb) ‘pull, travel’.