arrive

verb
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

arrivé

noun
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

Verb

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

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

Trump spending weekend at Scotland golf course Mr. Trump arrived in Scotland on Friday and will spend the weekend at his Turnberry resort, ahead of his meeting with Putin. CBS News, "10,000 protest Trump in Edinburgh, Scotland -- live updates," 14 July 2018 Trump arrived in the U.K. on Thursday afternoon, after flying in from a tumultuous NATO summit in Brussels. David Meyer, Fortune, "'Rudeness Upon Rudeness:' Even Theresa May's Opponents Are Taken Aback By Trump's Brexit Attack," 13 July 2018 The 25-year-old arrived in London on Thursday, as reported by Sky Sports, having already agreed personal terms ahead of his move to the London Stadium. SI.com, "Lazio Star Felipe Anderson Undergoing West Ham Medical as Club Record Move Edges Closer," 13 July 2018 The president arrived in London on Thursday after a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels, and the extravagant gala dinner hosted by Mrs. May at Blenheim Palace was expected to be a more mellow event. Rebecca Ballhaus And Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Trump Affirms Support for May, U.K. Trade Deal Following Tensions Over Brexit," 13 July 2018 Cordon, who had an arrest warrant with Atlanta Police for failure to appear in court, had left by the time officers arrived, the report alleges. PEOPLE.com, "LeSean McCoy's Ex Told 911 Operator NFL Player Set Up Violent Robbery: 'My Face Is Demolished'," 12 July 2018 The youths had left the area by the time officers arrived, but the officers were able to interview witnesses, Worcester police said in a statement. Andres Picon, BostonGlobe.com, "Worcester police probe shooting of 22-year-old man," 12 July 2018 By the time Straley arrived in March of 1963, the cruelty had become routinized, and took the form of a long leather barber shop-style strap that was made partly of sheet metal. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A victim of vile abuse at Florida reform school, he spent his life fighting for justice," 10 July 2018 Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, had left the area by the time Missoula County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "'Miracle' baby buried alive in Montana woods for 9 hours was saved by a deputy who heard a faint cry," 10 July 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, 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 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. SI.com, "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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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

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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arrive

verb
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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