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[uhp-riv-er] /ˈʌpˈrɪv ər/
adverb, adjective
in the direction of or nearer the source of a river:
It's hard to paddle a canoe upriver; an upriver settlement of tribes.
Origin of upriver
1830-40, Americanism; up- + river1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Instead, supplies to the settlement have to be flown in or ferried upriver.
  • Now it is a roiling brown, and the cargo boats throw up a huge bow wave as they inch upriver.
  • The captain failed to steer toward shore and instead continued upriver.
  • In bare feet, he travels upriver toward the place where he was born and will someday die.
  • In these same ports, he buys or barters for cheap clothing, which he brings back upriver to sell.
  • Divers enter the water upriver and float downriver, doing little more than watching fish and avoiding the tubers on the surface.
  • The park has a canoe landing situated upriver from the tents-only camping area, and is open to fishing and hiking.
  • However, as they return upriver to their spawning grounds, their bodies turn bright red and their heads take on a greenish color.
  • Construction of a dam upriver reduced the flow of the waterfall, and the resulting spray needed by the toads.
  • Adult lampreys live in salt water then migrate upriver to spawn.
British Dictionary definitions for upriver


adjective, adverb
towards or near the source of a river
an area located upstream
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