up·​hill | \ ˈəp-ˈhil How to pronounce uphill (audio) \

Definition of uphill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : upward on a hill or incline
2 : against difficulties seemed to be talking uphill— Willa Cather


up·​hill | \ ˈəp-ˌhil How to pronounce uphill (audio) \

Definition of uphill (Entry 2 of 3)

: rising ground : ascent


up·​hill | \ ˈəp-ˌhil How to pronounce uphill (audio) \

Definition of uphill (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : situated on elevated ground
2a : going up : ascending
b : being the higher one or part especially of a set specifically : being nearer the top of an incline

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 And fire is always going to run uphill faster, wind or no wind. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2022 Many Democrats expected to battle not only historically stiff midterm winds, but also to run uphill on maps tilted toward the GOP. David Daley, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 Amazon is also looking into delivery routes and other factors that reduce battery efficiency, like driving uphill and running air conditioning, things that could require charging in the middle of a worker’s shift and not just overnight. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 On the northern flank of the fire, evacuees streamed uphill Monday out of the Mora River valley over passes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. NBC News, 3 May 2022 The bike wheel turns slowly uphill; the paper page turns in the reader’s fingers; the MP3’s time-stamp ticks along, second by second. Robert Isenberg, Longreads, 26 Apr. 2022 Playing the first of a back-to-back, coming off a gut-wrenching loss to the 76ers about 48 hours earlier, their playoff hopes teetering, fighting uphill most of the night, trailing by 14 early in the fourth quarter. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 The fire began at the bottom of a drainage area along the canyon and ran uphill, prompting its rapid spread, Judy said, adding that the cause of the blaze was still under investigation. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Instead of pumping water uphill, the company’s system sends it underground through a pipe reaching at least a thousand feet down. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If this wasn’t remarkable enough in its own right, thanks to improvements in shocks and suspension designs, most of these bikes are also more efficient on the uphill than cross-country bikes from that same time period. Josh Patterson, Outside Online, 18 May 2020 This makes sense because skinny skis are uniquely difficult to turn or stop on the downhill yet light and agile enough to hop out of the track on the uphill. Outside Online, 26 Mar. 2021 The trail takes riders north before a gradual uphill and a sharp U-turn. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2021 For the uphill, that means wearing layers that wick sweat, as well as soft-shell jackets and pants with ventilation to release excess body heat. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 Crowds thin in the Bronx, and back in Manhattan the legs grow heavy on the gradual uphill along Fifth Avenue. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Of course, rolling a stone uphill — forever — is how many of us might describe our own jobs, and sometimes PR can seem like an endless grind. Curtis Sparrer, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 In the traditional uphill-only race, victories went to 19-year-old Michael Connelly of Eagle River (50:25.6) and 41-year-old Meg Inokuma of Palmer (54:48.2). Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 Despite subtle tweaks in an effort to make the course safer, riders bunched together were still forced to dismount at the first rocky uphill. Dave Skretta, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective How to Keep Your Car Interior Clean Keeping your car's interior clean can feel like an uphill battle. Hearst Autos Research, Car and Driver, 24 June 2022 His campaign was an uphill battle, with his team working tirelessly to gain support and recognition for a newcomer to the Brooklyn political scene. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 23 June 2022 Brazil’s president is facing an uphill battle for his reelection. DÉbora Álvares, ajc, 22 June 2022 Bolsonaro is facing an uphill reelection battle in October. Washington Post, 22 June 2022 The White House faces an uphill battle to get Congress to approve the holiday, however. BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2022 But in the uphill battle of her anomalous self-sufficiency, Bush did control every component: deciding where to expand or gate a sound, where to add reverb, arranging electronic instruments alongside ancient ones, producing the future. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Without a clear majority, Mr. Macron will face an uphill battle in cobbling together enough parliamentary votes to advance his pro-business agenda, including plans to raise the age of retirement. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, 19 June 2022 Coaxing the body away from rejecting a transplanted organ has always been an uphill battle, Tevar said. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uphill


1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1548, in the meaning defined above


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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up·​hill | \ ˈəp-ˈhil How to pronounce uphill (audio) \

Kids Definition of uphill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


up·​hill | \ ˈəp-ˌhil How to pronounce uphill (audio) \

Kids Definition of uphill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : going up an uphill trail
2 : difficult sense 1 His recovery will be an uphill battle.

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