[ uhp-riv-er ]


  1. in the direction of or nearer the source of a river:

    It's hard to paddle a canoe upriver; an upriver settlement of tribes.


/ ˈʌpˈrɪvə /


  1. towards or near the source of a river


  1. an area located upstream

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Word History and Origins

Origin of upriver1

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; up- + river 1

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Example Sentences

It was a close choice between Jezero Crater and a highland, “upriver” region nearby called Nili Planum, Mustard says.

He’s never had any of his family on it — he tells them to rent if they want a boat ride upriver.

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For decades, every morning at 6, Dubey has rowed upriver, alone and in silence.

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In the 1950s, when the current bridge was being planned, the club persuaded the state to move it upriver to better spare Plummers Island, according to a history of the Beltway published by the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Moving the bridge upriver, farther from the island, would affect other “significant resources,” Brookman said.

A few hundred meters upriver, you see groves of date palms swaying as if underwater.

In a rather unfortunate coincidence, the chemical plant is just upriver from a water intake facility.

After her rescue and a year in exile upriver, she had rethought her vow never to return.

Nancy Shando, a librarian from nearby Hurley, New York, headed upriver on her jet ski Friday afternoon to take a closer look.

Ive got you to thank that my logs are here to-night, instead of somewhere upriver.

The starting out place for the trip was twenty miles from Georgetown at a town upriver called Bartica.

I discovered that the first part of our trip upriver was not as full of adventures as I had hoped.

All the people in the vicinity were afraid and ran northward, upriver, abandoning their food and dishes and property.

Austin swept his gaze upriver, but could only see the shadowy mangroves, for the moon had not come through yet.