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verb ar·rive \ə-ˈrīv\

Simple Definition of arrive

  • : to come to or reach a place after traveling, being sent, etc.

  • of a day, season, time, etc. : to happen or begin

  • of a baby : to be born

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of arrive



  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to reach a destination b :  to make an appearance <the guests have arrived>

  3. 2 a archaic :  happen b :  to be near in time :  come <the moment has arrived>

  4. 3 :  to achieve success



arrive at

  1. :  to reach by effort or thought <arrived at a decision>

Examples of arrive in a sentence

  1. He arrived home at six o'clock.

  2. We had some dinner before arriving at the station.

  3. When do you expect them to arrive in Boston?

  4. Their flight is due to arrive at 11:30.

  5. The train from New York is now arriving.

  6. They arrived late at the party.

  7. The mail hasn't arrived yet.

  8. The new version of the software has finally arrived in stores.

  9. There's always a lot to do when spring arrives.

  10. When is their baby expected to arrive?

Origin and Etymology of arrive

Middle English ariven, from Anglo-French ariver, from Vulgar Latin *arripare to come to shore, from Latin ad- + ripa shore — more at rive

First Known Use: 13th century


noun ar·ri·vé \ˌa-ri-ˈvā\

Definition of arrivé

  1. :  one who has risen rapidly to success, power, or fame

Origin and Etymology of arrivé

French, from past participle of arriver to arrive, from Old French ariver

First Known Use: 1925

Rhymes with arrivé

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ARRIVE Defined for Kids


verb ar·rive \ə-ˈrīv\

Definition of arrive for Students



  1. 1 :  to reach the place started out for <We arrived home at six o'clock.>

  2. 2 :  come 4 <The time to leave finally arrived.>

  3. 3 :  to be born <The baby arrived at noon on Monday.>

arrive at

  1. :  to reach by effort or thought <arrive at a decision>

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