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adverb down·hill \ˌdau̇n-ˈhil\

Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  toward the bottom of a hill

  2. 2 :  toward a worsened or inferior state or level —used especially in the phrase go downhill

Examples of downhill in a sentence

  1. It is easier to ride a bike downhill than uphill.

  2. Her career is heading downhill.

  3. After his divorce, he went downhill fast.

  4. The service has gone downhill under the new owner.

14th Century

First Known Use of downhill

14th century


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noun down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˌhil\

Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  a descending slope

  2. 2a :  the sport of skiing on downhill trails —often used attributivelyb :  a skiing race against time down a trail finished second in the downhill

Examples of downhill in a sentence

  1. most runners will have their best splits on the downhills

1548

First Known Use of downhill

1548


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adjective down·hill \-ˌhil\

Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  not difficult :  easy after that problem the rest was downhill

  2. 2 :  sloping downhill

  3. 3 :  closer to the bottom of an incline your downhill ski

  4. 4 :  progressively worse

Examples of downhill in a sentence

  1. The second half of the hike is mostly downhill.

  2. The worst part is over. It's all downhill from here.

  3. The first part of the movie was pretty good, but after that it was all downhill.

  4. His career has been all downhill in recent years.

1622

First Known Use of downhill

1622


DOWNHILL Defined for English Language Learners

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adverb down·hill \ˌdau̇n-ˈhil\

Definition of downhill for English Language Learners

  • : toward the bottom of a hill or mountain

  • : toward a worse state


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noun down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˌhil\

Definition of downhill for English Language Learners

  • : a downhill skiing race


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adjective down·hill \-ˌhil\

Definition of downhill for English Language Learners

  • : going or sloping down toward the bottom of a hill or mountain

  • : not difficult : easy to do, deal with, etc.

  • : becoming worse or less successful


DOWNHILL Defined for Kids

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adverb down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˈhil\

Definition of downhill for Students

  1. 1 :  toward the bottom of a hill Our bikes coasted downhill.

  2. 2 :  toward a worse condition Her career is heading downhill.


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adjective down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˌhil\

Definition of downhill for Students

  1. 1 :  sloping downward a downhill path

  2. 2 :  having to do with skiing down mountains



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