arrive

verb
ar·​rive | \ ə-ˈrīv How to pronounce arrive (audio) \
arrived; arriving

Definition of arrive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to reach a destination The train arrived late.
b : to make an appearance : to come upon the scene The crowd became silent when the officers arrived.
2 : to be near in time : come The moment has arrived.
3 informal : to achieve success After years of climbing the corporate ladder, he felt he had finally arrived.
4 archaic : happen
arrive at
: to reach by effort or thought arrived at a decision

arrivé

noun
ar·​ri·​vé | \ ˌa-ri-ˈvā How to pronounce arrivé (audio) \

Definition of arrivé (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from arrive

Verb

arriver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for arrive

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of arrive in a Sentence

Verb He arrived home at six o'clock. We had some dinner before arriving at the station. When do you expect them to arrive in Boston? Their flight is due to arrive at 11:30. The train from New York is now arriving. They arrived late at the party. The mail hasn't arrived yet. The new version of the software has finally arrived in stores. There's always a lot to do when spring arrives. When is their baby expected to arrive?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once the rest of the supplies arrived, chief among their tasks would be to set up the radar instrument, perched at the edge of a bluff overlooking the glacier’s front and encased in a white dome. Denise Chow, NBC News, "My night stranded on the edge of Greenland's fast-melting Helheim Glacier," 17 Sep. 2019 When officers arrived, the injured rock climber was unconscious on the ledge. BostonGlobe.com, "A rock climber was airlifted from a ledge on a cliff face after he fell 50 feet and sustained life-threatening injuries, resulting in a harrowing rescue mission Sunday morning in the White Mountains, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 When police arrived the suspects had already left the area. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A transgender woman was attacked in Portland. Police are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime," 17 Sep. 2019 Wait until March to put your most precious plans into action, as that is a time when the right opportunity might arrive at the right time to help make all of your dreams can come true. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 17, 2019: Capricorn, be a positive force; Virgo, don’t procrastinate," 17 Sep. 2019 The initial thrill among the servants of being allowed the honor of waiting on the royal family is punctured when the king’s servants arrive. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Downton, Downton, Revolution," 16 Sep. 2019 When firefighters arrived in the Gwynns Falls Park neighborhood of West Baltimore, flames were showing from the first floor and the second floor was filled with smoke, Adams said. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Woman dies after West Baltimore fire," 16 Sep. 2019 But when the hair first arrived at his lab, Dr. Green knew little beyond the fact that another lab had failed to get what was needed. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair," 16 Sep. 2019 Cities aren’t sure when autonomous vehicles will arrive, but transportation officials are trying really hard to figure out how to prevent them from creating even more traffic. Wired, "New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police are awaiting the arrive of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Skeletal remains found in camper off busy Brighton road," 8 Aug. 2019 The Inyo County Sheriff's Office is helping to secure the scene of the crash until the military arrive, CNN reported. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "US Navy officials investigating cause of jet crash in California; status of pilot unknown," 31 July 2019 Schoolchildren near Runcorn Station wait to see the monarch and new royal arrive in the Cheshire town to open a new toll bridge nearby. Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Meghan Markle joins the Queen for joint royal outing," 14 June 2018 We all kind of arrive at our own definition of what reality and truth are. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Steven Wilson tour: He really just wants people to enjoy the music, 'To the Bone'," 11 May 2018 Worldwide viewers this morning saw sunset slow arrive at the Magic Kingdom a few hours before the theme park opened. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sunrise at Disney World: What we saw," 1 May 2018 For instance, a person watching a car arrive at a stop sign would expect the driver to stop the car; look around for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and other obstacles; and proceed only when the coast is clear. Peter Hancock, Scientific American, "Self-Driving Cars and Humans Face Inevitable Collisions," 25 Apr. 2018 Sunny day zen garden colorful nature background Levente Bodo - Getty Images What time does spring arrive in 2018? Alix Langone, Time, "When Is the First Day of Spring 2018? 4 Things to Know About the Equinox," 18 Mar. 2018 Campers receive recycling bags when the arrive for the event and recycling bins are positioned at waste stations and throughout the festival campgrounds. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Winnipeg Folk Festival, In Its 45th Year, Honored for Cutting-Edge Environmental Practices," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of arrive

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrive

Verb

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

Noun

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

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The first known use of arrive was in the 15th century

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arrive

verb
How to pronounce arrivé (audio)

English Language Learners 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

arrive

verb
ar·​rive | \ ə-ˈrīv How to pronounce arrive (audio) \
arrived; arriving

Kids Definition of arrive

1 : to reach the place started out for We arrived home at six o'clock.
2 : come sense 4 The time to leave finally arrived.
3 : to be born The baby arrived at noon on Monday.
arrive at
: to reach by effort or thought arrive at a decision

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