[ adverb, adjective uhp-hil; noun uhp-hil ]
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  1. up or as if up the slope of a hill or other incline; upward: The soldiers marched uphill. Water does not run uphill without assistance.

  1. going or tending upward on or as if on a hill: an uphill road.

  2. at a high place or point: an uphill village.

  1. laboriously fatiguing or difficult: an uphill struggle to become wealthy.

  1. a rising terrain; ascent.

Origin of uphill

First recorded in 1540–50; up- + hill

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British Dictionary definitions for uphill


/ (ˈʌpˈhɪl) /

  1. inclining, sloping, or leading upwards

  2. requiring arduous and protracted effort: an uphill task

  1. up an incline or slope; upwards

  2. against difficulties

  1. a rising incline; ascent

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