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

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 The groves are either protective forests that lie uphill from the village, or groups of mature trees surrounding outlying churches, monuments or other works of religious art. John Healey, John Halley And Kalliopi Stara, Smithsonian, "Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservation," 17 May 2018 The Pistons trailed by 19 in the first half, fighting uphill the rest of the way. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' poor shooting leads to defeat at Portland, 100-87," 18 Mar. 2018 Just uphill and across the water, a helicopter sets down on one skid to collect Abigail. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018 Hikers follow a series of switchbacks uphill, passing Jewel Glacier to the east of Crow Pass Cabin, and eventually arrive at Crow Pass and Raven Glacier. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "11 glacier adventures near Anchorage," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 From the chapel, the visitor heads uphill to the castle and the State Apartments. Nancy Nathan, chicagotribune.com, "At Windsor Castle, a look at Harry and Meghan's (relatively) low-key wedding site," 16 Apr. 2018 Her neighbor, Fernandes, has to carry his dog uphill for walks when his street turns into a lake. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 Indiana eliminated Texas Southern earlier Saturday, and the Hoosiers now face the same uphill climb as the Aggies. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M faces uphill battle after loss to UT at Austin Regional," 2 June 2018 His favorite track is Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, a 1.3-mile road course with uphills and downhills. Matt Ormseth, courant.com, "New Haven Lawyer’s Austin-Healey Built To Race," 13 July 2017 The general rule is that a person can sweat roughly a quart of water every hour, and even more when hiking uphill or in direct sunlight. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Popular trails closed due to heat concerns," 5 July 2018 Passengers then soar uphill into the first tunnel and get a satisfying burst of airtime as the train crests the top of the hill. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 The company claims its aerodynamics even make the SystemSix faster uphill than a lightweight climbing bike on grades of as much as 6 percent. Fortune, "Want a Bike Fit for the Tour de France? It Will Cost You About $12,000," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

If history is any indication, Tarkanian may have an uphill fight against Third District Democratic nominee Susie Lee, a philanthropist with her own fundraising chops and strong support from both Rosen and Reid. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Primaries Set Up Big General Election Battles," 13 June 2018 It's been an uphill fight for LSU since the opening weekend of the season when Notre Dame destroyed the Tigers' starting pitching. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU feels it has nothing to lose in its NCAA regional journey up the Oregon Trail," 31 May 2018 Given that standard, LegalForce is likely to have an uphill fight on this one. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "LegalZoom wants to arbitrate with competitor," 15 Mar. 2018 Like last year, the proposal faces an uphill fight in Congress. David Sharp, The Seattle Times, "Trump once again wants to cut energy assistance to the poor," 18 Feb. 2018 Los Ticos faced an uphill task to qualify after losing their first game of the tournament to the Serbians, and their fate was confirmed with defeat to Brazil in their second match. SI.com, "Oscar Ramirez Laments Tough Group as Costa Rica End World Cup Campaign With Respectable Draw," 28 June 2018 Instilling in the profession insights into use of social media can be an uphill task, says Zachary Garbow, who left IBM with a colleague to start a company called Funeral Innovations. The Economist, "Why undertakers are worried," 12 Apr. 2018 The process of reuniting with their kids is already an uphill battle for many migrant parents. refinery29.com, "How You Can Help Fund The Reunification Of Families Separated At The Border," 13 July 2018 To be sure, new legislation will still be an uphill battle. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress," 12 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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