Definition of trek in English:



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

    ‘a trek to the South Pole’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After work, they can protect my feet once more in my trek of 15 feet back to my car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 film also doesn't stint on the darker dimension, as evidenced by the company's several long, arduous treks.’
    • ‘The attack took place along an arduous trek into the wildlife sanctuary on Kapiti Island which is heavily wooded at this time of year.’
    • ‘They are there to help us store fat for our long treks across the desert, so we can go without eating for long periods.’
    • ‘Much encouragement had been given her by her family, who will be making the trek to Johannesburg with her later this week.’
    • ‘He managed to get ashore after the Grosvenor was wrecked but did not survive the trek to safety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Currently he is gearing up for a trek through the Panama Canal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trek through the exhibition provided surprising confluences between artists from diverse traditions.’
    • ‘They join the trek to the towns where they look for ‘real’ jobs.’
    • ‘Now, when he gathers early acorns or leaves, the stuff of our neighborhood treks, we photograph them or draw pictures directly into the journal.’
    • ‘He has since been offering rides and taking tourists on treks through the surrounding countryside.’
    • ‘The hill walking training has been necessary as the walk in China involves a rise of 13, 500 feet over the seven-day trek.’
    • ‘A long sweep was a four-day trek through the surrounding mountains.’
    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.


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

    ‘we trekked through the jungle’
    • ‘Next year, he plans to trek to Patagonia in South America for the same charity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had spent a year in 1979 trekking in Nepal and travelling in Asia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As genuine off-road vehicles, however, Jeep vehicles were made for trekking the rough and rugged off-road track.’
    • ‘The plan was to trek down the mountain, cut through the forest to the nearest town and then try to build a new life.’
    • ‘I trekked down to a travel clinic in Waterloo, eventually finding it inside a church.’
    • ‘We trekked back to the car and loaded it up and got in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Travel and trekking alone and at night should not be undertaken.’
    • ‘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 waved and walked into her apartment building, pulling out her key as she trekked up the stairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By opening this shop we are helping men to shop locally rather than them having to trek to neighbouring towns and cities.’
    • ‘Women trek along, carrying huge loads of eucalyptus branches on their backs for firewood.’
    • ‘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 all pulled on their coats and then trekked after Walton up to the small castle.’
    • ‘Adventure travelers love trekking along the coastline as they enjoy the stark beauty of the area.’
    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’.