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adverb up·hill \ˈəp-ˈhil\

Definition of uphill

  1. 1 :  upward on a hill or incline

  2. 2 :  against difficulties seemed to be talking uphill — Willa Cather

Examples of uphill in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of uphill

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noun up·hill \ˈəp-ˌhil\

Definition of uphill

  1. :  rising ground :  ascent

Examples of uphill in a Sentence

  1. no matter where you go bicycle touring, the uphills always seem to outnumber the downhills

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First Known Use of uphill

1548


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adjective up·hill \ˈəp-ˌhil\

Definition of uphill

  1. 1 :  situated on elevated ground

  2. 2a :  going up :  ascendingb :  being the higher one or part especially of a set; specifically :  being nearer the top of an incline

  3. 3 :  difficult, laborious

Examples of uphill in a Sentence

  1. It has been an uphill battle for her to get an education.

  2. an uphill battle to eradicate poverty in an area of the state that has never known anything else

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First Known Use of uphill

1613



UPHILL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of uphill for English Language Learners

  • : toward the top of a hill or mountain

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Definition of uphill for English Language Learners

  • : going or sloping up toward the top of a hill or mountain

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


UPHILL Defined for Kids

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adverb up·hill \ˈəp-ˈhil\

Definition of uphill for Students

  1. :  in an upward direction The bus lurched around a corner and started to go uphill. — Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins


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adjective up·hill \ˈəp-ˌhil\

Definition of uphill for Students

  1. 1 :  going up an uphill trail

  2. 2 :  difficult 1 His recovery will be an uphill battle.



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