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rivernoun [C]

uk   /ˈrɪv.ər/  us   /ˈrɪv.ɚ/
A1 a ​naturalwideflow of ​freshwateracross the ​land into the ​sea, a ​lake, or another river: We ​sailedslowly down the river.
A1 (written abbreviation R) used before or after the ​name of a river: the River Thames/Seine/Nile the Hudson/Mississippi/Yangzte River
up (the) river
in the ​oppositedirection to the ​flow of ​water in the river: We ​sailed up river.
down (the) river
in the same ​direction as the ​flow of ​water in the river

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(Definition of river from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rivernoun [C]

 us   /ˈrɪv·ər/
water that ​flowsnaturally through a ​widechannel that is ​surrounded by ​land: the Mississippi River We went ​swimming in the river.
A river is also any ​largeflow of a ​liquid: Rivers of ​sweatran down his back.
(Definition of river from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “river”
in Korean 강…
in Arabic نَهْر…
in Malaysian sungai…
in French (de) rivière, fleuve, (adj.) fluvial…
in Russian река…
in Chinese (Traditional) 河, 江, 川…
in Italian fiume…
in Turkish nehir, ırmak…
in Polish rzeka…
in Spanish río…
in Vietnamese dòng sông…
in Portuguese rio…
in Thai แม่น้ำ…
in German der Fluß, Fluß-……
in Catalan riu…
in Japanese 川, 河川…
in Chinese (Simplified) 河, 江, 川…
in Indonesian sungai…
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