uphill

adverb
up·​hill | \ˈəp-ˈhil \

Definition of uphill 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : upward on a hill or incline

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

uphill

noun
up·​hill | \ˈəp-ˌhil \

Definition of uphill (Entry 2 of 3)

: rising ground : ascent

uphill

adjective
up·​hill | \ˈəp-ˌhil \

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Chapman, upon exiting the helicopter, immediately charged uphill through the snow toward enemy positions while under heavy fire from three directions. James Freeman, WSJ, "Post-Trump Slump?," 24 Aug. 2018 According to the Guinness World Record webpage, the pole sits at an altitude of 9,301 feet, and Davis’s entire journey to get there from the starting point at Hercules Inlet in Antarctica, where she’ll be dropped off via airplane, will be uphill. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How an Extreme Endurance Athlete Trains to Trek 704 Miles From Antarctica to the South Pole," 11 Oct. 2018 Able to propel up to 65,000 pounds of metal and passengers uphill. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 27 Aug. 2018 More than 60% of the stage is spent going uphill on three of the most brutal climbs the Tour de France has to offer. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Stage that Could Decide the Tour de France Is Also Its Shortest," 24 July 2018 As early as 1604, mine owners began laying wooden rails in tracks downhill from their pits to the nearest river, running on them wooden carts that could be pulled back uphill by a horse after unloading. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Energy: A Human History,’ by Richard Rhodes," 7 June 2018 Shoulder-season picks for women and men. Outdoor Research Optimizer ($399) Best For: Redlining Most winter hard shells are oppressive in balmy conditions—or when hiking uphill regardless of the weather. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Rain Jackets for Every Activity," 20 June 2018 Driving the ball uphill over a lake gives way to long fairway and green guarded by sand traps. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "We love to hate these golf holes in Louisville. Here's our Nasty 9," 19 June 2018 The approach can be as long as 240 yards uphill, still into the wind—and Friday, the pin was front-left and guarded by more fescue. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Lengthened and Unforgiving, 14th Hole Is the Most Dreaded at Shinnecock Hills in U.S. Open," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For a quarter century, the 1.86-kilometer road that runs uphill to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England, has hosted the annual Festival of Speed. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Robot racecars storm the most glamorous hill in motorsports," 3 Aug. 2018 The Cougars will have head-to-head tiebreakers on Stanford and Oregon, which also faces an uphill climb having already lost three conference games. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "The Cougars are top-10 and in the driver’s seat for Pac-12 North. Does WSU have a shot at the playoff?," 29 Oct. 2018 Photo: Shaumbé Wright/The Wall Street Journal The new U.S. retail banking and cards team faces an uphill climb by some measures. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Citigroup’s Profit Rises, Helped by Cost Cuts," 12 Oct. 2018 However, Barletta faces an uphill climb to defeat the Democrat, as two polls taken after his GOP primary victory show Casey with a double-digit lead. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump defends Russia and North Korea meetings, attacks 'overrated' Bob Casey at Pennsylvania rally," 2 Oct. 2018 Hole 6, par 4: Par, +3 for the day Yet another good driver down the left side of the fairway, leaving a 169-yard, uphill and into-the-wind approach into this par 4. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Tiger Woods Shoots 78 in First Round of U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 14 June 2018 The market is in the center of town, just a short march uphill from the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North station. Julie Besonen, New York Times, "Twenty Miles from Midtown, a Riverside Village Awaits," 7 June 2018 Each of these turbines has a water tank built into its base, and in moments where the turbines generate more power than the area needs, water can be pumped from a nearby reservoir uphill into the tanks. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Germany Builds World's Tallest Wind Turbine," 3 Nov. 2017 Find street parking somewhere below the 2600 block and begin walking uphill. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "A true L.A. workout: Hiking Griffith Park," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Co-marketing deals aren’t uncommon between tech companies and partners — big banks advertise Apple’s Apple Pay feature, for example — but Amazon’s efforts underscore the uphill battle to build awareness and traction for this new purchasing method. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon wants brands to advertise Alexa voice shopping — essentially for free," 26 Nov. 2018 Basically, your skin is fighting an uphill battle, and something will eventually give way. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight Acne and Dry Skin in Winter," 13 Nov. 2018 The race was an uphill battle from the start—North Carolina’s districts have already been deemed too gerrymandered by the courts. Jenny Kaplan, Glamour, "I Watched My Mom Lose on Election Day. Here's What We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 Even if there’s a significant increase from prior low turnouts by younger voters and Democratic-leaning Latinos, O’Rourke faces an uphill battle if Cruz can at least maintain the recent GOP turnout. Billy House, The Seattle Times, "‘Lyin’ Ted’ gets visit from ‘Sleazy Donald’ with Texas rally; will it help or hurt?," 22 Oct. 2018 Kobo faces an uphill battle in the US, but its integration with the Overdrive online library service could give it an edge over Amazon. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s Kindle Oasis has a new competitor: The waterproof Kobo Forma," 3 Oct. 2018 The four-term congressman will face an uphill battle against the two-term incumbent Casey and Fox News' current projections show the seat is likely to remain in Democratic hands. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 2 Oct. 2018 Why this matters: Intel and Micron's 3D Xpoint technology was hailed as a breakthrough when announced but has admittedly been fighting an uphill battle on its higher cost per GB. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's 905P Optane reaches a tempting 1.5TB, but drive prices remain high," 21 Sep. 2018 The rideshare companies have faced an uphill battle in New York before, and come out on top. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York City May Cap Uber and Lyft Rides," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of uphill

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

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uphill

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of uphill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: toward the top of a hill or mountain

uphill

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uphill (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

uphill

adverb
up·​hill | \ˈəp-ˈhil \

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

uphill

adjective
up·​hill | \ˈəp-ˌhil \

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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