ar·​riv·​al | \ ə-ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce arrival (audio) \

Definition of arrival

1 : the act of arriving
2 : the attainment of an end or state
3 : one that has recently arrived new arrivals

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Examples of arrival in a Sentence

They were awaiting the arrival of guests. When is the mail scheduled for arrival? They track the number of airport arrivals and departures. They were late arrivals at the party. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their wedding day. the changes that occur with the arrival of spring the arrival of new technology
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Recent Examples on the Web Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, has already committed to begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals this year. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africans can now travel across more than half of the continent without getting visas beforehand," 10 Jan. 2020 Kerry Washington Kerry Washington posted her glitzy Golden Globes outfit ahead of her arrival. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Celeb Instagrams Offer Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 An on-time arrival in Hamburg after dark left just enough time for some spaetzle and schnitzel before falling into bed at a stuffy hotel next to the station. New York Times, "Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster," 18 Dec. 2019 Sullivan was taken to the HCA-Houston Clearlake Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office releases new mugshot of suspected cop killer," 12 Dec. 2019 Unlike its Xbox 360 cousin, the PS3 version of TF2 seemed practically dead on arrival in 2007, let alone 12 years later. Aron Garst, Ars Technica, "12 years later, players somehow keep Team Fortress 2 alive on the PS3," 11 Dec. 2019 Or a hand will reach over the 14-inch Plexiglass sheet that surrounds the garden and try to scoop up one of the engines — some of which cost $1,000 — using the plastic fireman’s hat that each child receives on arrival. Mike Klingaman,, "Meet the ‘engineer’ of Ellicott City fire department’s holiday train garden," 3 Dec. 2019 On arrival, David and his mother were taken off the airplane and taken to a room where Peterson's phone was confiscated. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Fountain Hills woman detained for 3 months by Chinese authorities in Shanghai," 3 Dec. 2019 Since the mid-aughts, any non-US citizen traveling to the United States gets their picture taken and fingerprints scanned on arrival, but this has not been a requirement for citizens. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Homeland Security wants to use facial recognition on traveling US citizens, too," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of arrival

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of arrival was in the 14th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Arrival.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of arrival

: the act of coming to or reaching a place : the act of arriving
: someone or something that has come to a place : someone or something that has arrived
: the time when something begins or happens


ar·​riv·​al | \ ə-ˈrī-vəl How to pronounce arrival (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrival

1 : the act of reaching a place
2 : the time when something begins or happens the arrival of spring
3 : a person or thing that has come to a place

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