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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While there are several thousand California sea lions in the Columbia River estuary, only about 200 to 300 swim more than 100 miles upriver from the Pacific Ocean and would be eligible for removal, state wildlife officials say. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions in the Columbia River," 7 Dec. 2018 That Saturday night, when the boat was about 30 miles upriver from the city of Wuhu, Meyer was seen by a cabin boy making for the deck. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Anchoring the new wing of the wonderful and wonderfully weird Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), seven miles upriver from downtown Hobart, Tasmania, Faro is reached via a tunnel of shimmering light made by the American artist James Turrell. Adam Sachs, Town & Country, "How Tasmania Became the Food World’s Newest Culinary Odyssey," 20 Sep. 2018 This year, more than 2,600 lamprey were counted making the journey upriver to breed. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "Pacific lamprey show signs of recovery in Umatilla River," 13 June 2018 Scott Feist, a fishing guide from California's Central Valley, said sea lions regularly venture more than 100 miles upriver from the mouth of the Pacific Ocean at the Golden Gate Bridge to prey on salmon. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 The imperial sailors were heading upriver against the flow, maybe rowing. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Wobble Cop Tracker: Let us know if you see dancing police," 1 Feb. 2018 The finished event center will be moved upriver to operate on Newport's riverfront. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "BB Riverboats new Ohio River cruise hub and bar arrives July 4," 3 July 2018 The salmon is swimming upriver in search of a spawning ground, leaping over obstacles in its rush to get there. Ashleigh Young, The Cut, "Ghost Knife," 2 July 2018

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upriver

: toward the start of a river

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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