ar·riv·al | \ ə-ˈrī-vəl \

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

On arrival, officers learned that a man had performed a lewd act on a child under 14, police said. City News Service,, "Man, 66, arrested, suspected of molesting a child at a hotel pool," 13 July 2018 His successor will be asked to perform a balancing act on arrival, answering that question while simultaneously limiting the damage to USC’s reputation. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 South Korea went home early but beat Germany to close out and got a heroic welcome on arrival. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why it's okay that Europe dominates the World Cup," 7 July 2018 In no way does that render the season dead on arrival. David Murphy,, "Sixers might look the same, but potential for improvement is huge | David Murphy," 6 July 2018 They are granted permanent residency on arrival and can apply for citizenship after five years. New York Times, "Why New Zealand Is Furious About Australia’s Deportations Policy," 3 July 2018 He was taken by ambulance from the family home in the 10000 block of Lakepointe to a local hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead on arrival. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police investigating death of 7-month-old boy," 1 July 2018 Meanwhile, Sharif's arrival in the eastern city of Lahore was delayed until 8 p.m. He will be accompanied by his daughter Mariam, who was sentenced to seven years in prison. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar,, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 While turkey vultures are common in Indiana, black vultures are a relatively new and deadly arrival. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of arrival

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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