up·​riv·​er | \ ˈəp-ˈri-vər How to pronounce upriver (audio) \

Definition of upriver

: toward or at a point nearer the source of a river

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The problem started upriver, where major flooding along the Mississippi forced officials to relieve pressure on levees by opening this spillway in Louisiana. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, "Closed Mississippi beaches due to toxic algae hurting local businesses," 9 July 2019 Facing downstream, fish can be seen swimming upriver past the camera, toward their natal origins to spawn. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "The Katmai bear cams are back online: Watch the live stream here," 26 June 2019 The industrial center is about 12 miles upriver from Louisville. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Pharma services company headed to River Ridge, with plans for 850 jobs," 17 June 2019 The New Charles River Dam will close to boats headed upriver at 7:45 p.m. on the Fourth and reopen at 2 a.m. Friday, State Police said. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police outline security plan for the Fourth on the Esplanade," 1 July 2019 That seems to be about as far upriver as this expedition of discovery can go. al.com, "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 The influx fueled a stunning growth spurt, even as tens of thousands of rural dwellers upriver were displaced. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "The price of ‘progress’ in the Amazon," 28 June 2019 To use it safely and responsibly as a place for recreation, while respecting its job as a maritime highway for huge ore freighters heading upriver to the steel mill. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "The Cuyahoga River recovered, now we need to keep it that way: Michael K. McIntyre," 23 June 2019 Farther upriver, on the east bank of the Seine, lies Giverny, Monet’s home for the second half of his life. National Geographic, "Step into Impressionist paintings on this French tour," 17 Apr. 2019

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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: toward the start of a river

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