up·riv·er | \ˈəp-ˈri-vər \

Definition of upriver 

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

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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 Waters rose to moderate flood levels at Gold Creek on Saturday morning, some 20 miles upriver from the ice jam, Cherry said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Hello, spring breakup: Watch as ice careens down the Susitna River in Talkeetna," 16 May 2018 The rising sun colored the sky magnificent hues of orange, pink and purple as the team rowed steadily upriver toward the horizon, the vivid reflection disrupted only by ripples of oars dipping in and out of the water. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "I tried to row with the Louisville Cardinals and nearly broke the boat," 11 May 2018 Now, however, ponds, lakes, reservoirs and some streams upriver from Willamette Falls will be largely stocked from the Oregon high desert under a contract with the Corps of Engineers. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "OSU students vote to oust graduate rep accused of hate crime," 16 Feb. 2018

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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: toward the start of a river

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