uphill

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adverb

up·​hill ˈəp-ˈhil How to pronounce uphill (audio)
1
: upward on a hill or incline
2
: against difficulties
seemed to be talking uphillWilla Cather

uphill

2 of 3

noun

up·​hill ˈəp-ˌhil How to pronounce uphill (audio)
: rising ground : ascent

uphill

3 of 3

adjective

up·​hill ˈəp-ˌhil How to pronounce uphill (audio)
1
: situated on elevated ground
2
a
: going up : ascending
b
: being the higher one or part especially of a set
specifically : being nearer the top of an incline
3

Examples of uphill in a Sentence

Adverb It is easier to ride a bicycle downhill than uphill. Noun no matter where you go bicycle touring, the uphills always seem to outnumber the downhills Adjective It has been an uphill battle for her to get an education. an uphill battle to eradicate poverty in an area of the state that has never known anything else
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The people in the trenches didn’t have a direct connection with headquarters but I was stationed a bit uphill and could communicate with both headquarters and the people in the trench. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The Peacock Fire, which sparked approximately 20 miles northeast of Kingman in the Peacock Mountains, has burned 100 acres in Mohave County so far, moving uphill and to the northeast as fire activity increases, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2024
Noun
But the project is proving to be an uphill (or upstream) battle. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Some still use burros to lug water from the well uphill to the village. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Any effort to eliminate the sub-minimum wage will be an uphill climb. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 26 June 2024 Trump Has Promised to Do in a Second Term The 250 Greatest Guitarists of All Time The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time The 50 Worst Decisions in Movie History A gig at Madison Square Garden, 20 years after the band started, encapsulates Lake Street Dive’s slow, uphill climb. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for uphill 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of uphill was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Uphill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uphill. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

uphill

1 of 2 adverb
up·​hill ˈəp-ˈhil How to pronounce uphill (audio)
1
: in an upward direction
2
: against difficulties

uphill

2 of 2 adjective
up·​hill ˌəp-ˌhil How to pronounce uphill (audio)
1
: being on high ground
2
: going up : ascending
3
: difficult sense 1
an uphill struggle

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