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noun [countable] river pronunciation in British English /ˈrɪvə(r)/ 
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singularriver
pluralrivers
  1. a large area of water that flows towards the sea

    the River Nile

    They were swimming in the river.

    river fishing

    up river (=in the direction that the river is flowing from):

    Up river, the water was clearer and deeper.

    down river (=in the direction that the river is flowing):

    We met them a couple of miles down river.

    1. a.
      a large amount of liquid that flows somewhere
      river of:

      Great rivers of molten lava poured from the volcano.

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