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

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

In an extremely adorable moment, Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth shared a blanket when arriving to their event at King's College on March 19, signaling the close bond between the royals. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II's Relationship Is Really Like," 19 Mar. 2019 Right on schedule, the first Android Q developer preview has arrived, and there’s a lot to unpack. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "7 tweaks and changes in Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now," 13 Mar. 2019 Middleton arrived to the event after Markle and greeted her with a hug and what might even be a kiss on the cheek. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Hugged Today, Just FYI," 11 Mar. 2019 The If Beale Street Could Talk actress arrived to the Oscars Sunday night donning a classic white Oscar de la Renta number, which featured a serious slit on the left side. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Regina King's 2019 Oscars Dress Has THE Sexiest Slit We've Ever Seen," 25 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Kate Middleton arrived to the Royal Foundation this morning in a gorgeous black-and-white tweed suit. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Just Wore the Most Perfect Work-Appropriate Look," 13 Feb. 2019 Years passed in isolation, until an invitation arrived to a dinner party with seven mothers whose children all died from overdoses. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 Clearly some time elapses, and Claire and Jamie arrive back at River Run without him, much to Bree's disappointment. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Season 4 Finale Left Us With Some Questions," 28 Jan. 2019 Now that winter has arrived, these unions are being called upon to live up to their promises. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 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

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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