ar·​rive | \ə-ˈrīv \
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


ar·​ri·​vé | \ˌa-ri-ˈvā \

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


arriver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for arrive

Synonyms: Verb

appear, come, get in, get through, land, show up, turn up

Antonyms: Verb

go, leave

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Examples of arrive in a Sentence


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

The crowd arrives promptly at 6 and seems to hold a fairly high concentration of people over the age of 65. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Why the 'Gilmore Girls' Fan Festival Is the Ultimate Friends Weekend Getaway," 26 Oct. 2018 The Emirates flight arrived at 9:10 a.m. and was immediately swarmed by police and quarantined for an assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rose Minutaglio, Popular Mechanics, "Vanilla Ice Keeps His Cool While Trapped on Quarantined New York Plane," 5 Sep. 2018 The 26-year-old man arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and presented a French passport at customs. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New facial recognition tech nabbed its first imposter trying to enter the U.S.," 24 Aug. 2018 Guests were bussed to the ceremony site rather than being allowed to arrive on their own, and were required to be seated promptly at 10:15 a.m., which likely required an early wakeup call for hair, makeup, and dressing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's Celebrity Guests Needed a Nap After This Morning's Royal Wedding Ceremony," 12 Oct. 2018 All Lightning Lap entries arrive in factory condition or fitted with homologated parts available at their dealerships. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 26 Sep. 2018 Project Enlace didn’t wait for FEMA funding to arrive and tapped private donations for its relief work. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Their first daughter, Jane, arrived two years later before Sarah in 1959. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Sarah Ferguson's Relationship With Her Sisters and Brother," 19 Sep. 2018 The $150 million Hayabusa2 mission launched in December 2014 and arrived at Ryugu on June 27 of this year. Mike Wall,, "Landing Site on Asteroid Ryugu Chosen for Japan's Hayabusa2 Mission," 23 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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 However, the German club might struggle to hold onto their man should a substantial bid arrive for the youngster once the end of the season rolls around - the club then having sufficient time to find a replacement., "Arsene Wenger Reportedly Determined to Sign Young French Star at End of Season," 19 Dec. 2017 That needs to happen before sustained winds of 25 mph arrive. Tim Healey,, "Hurricane Irma: Why the Marlins Park roof will be partially open when storm hits," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of arrive


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


1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrive


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


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

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ar·​rive | \ə-ˈrīv \
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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