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 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 Griffith Park is full of hidden gems but an especially unique one to experience with a mom who likes the idea of hiking uphill is Amir’s Garden. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Passengers climbed a few steps, and then headed uphill to their seats, with the cabin angled upwards towards the cockpit. Howard Slutsken, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 As the frosty Columbia River Gorge warms up in springtime, wildflower blooms appear first at lower, warmer elevations and then sweep uphill as temperatures rise. Scott Hewitt, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Arneson, 31, the winner of last month’s Turnagain Arm Trail Run, crushed the 2.8-mile uphill en route to his victory. Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Once through the stony corridor, the trail begins a steady uphill climb on staircase-like sandstone slabs, twisting among blooming cliffrose shrubs that emit a pungent fragrance that most folks either love or hate. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 Hartsfield-Jackson’s international gateway faces an even steeper uphill climb to fulfill its potential after the pandemic pummeled foreign travel. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 15 May 2022 Two outs into the sixth, Hyde pulled Lyles at 91 pitches, his offense facing an uphill climb. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 This is expected to be the next big legal battle if Roe is overturned, but most experts say states are facing an uphill climb. Peter Weber, The Week, 12 May 2022 As if the season hadn’t already been a uphill climb, the team’s bus broke down in Healy on the trip to Anchorage on Thursday evening, leaving them with a five-hour delay. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 The winning candidate will have an uphill climb to convince voters to have faith in politics. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2022 Despite having a game in hand on Colorado, the Panthers overtaking them figured to be an uphill climb. Steve Svekis, Sun Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 While convincing federal prosecutors to grant him immunity could be an uphill climb for Mr. Jones, his discussions with the Justice Department suggest that the investigation into the postelection period could be gathering momentum. New York Times, 20 Apr. 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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