[transitive, intransitive] to get a free ride in a person’s car; to travel around in this way, by standing at the side of the road and trying to get passing cars to stop hitch something They hitched a ride in a truck. (British English also) They hitched a lift. They tried to hitch a lift back to London. We hitched a ride with a travelling salesman. (+ adv./prep.) We spent the summer hitching around Europe. They hitched across the States. We didn’t take the bus—we hitched.