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


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

Other Words from arrive


arriver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for arrive

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mariupol Deputy Mayor Sergei Orlov told the BBC that the evacuees were making slow progress and would probably not arrive in Zaporizhzhia on Monday as hoped. Cara Anna And Inna Varenytsia, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Mariupol Deputy Mayor Sergei Orlov told the BBC that the evacuees were making slow progress and would probably not arrive in Zaporizhzhia on Monday as hoped. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 May 2022 Police would later arrive at the scene to find the man in the backyard sitting in a chair. Fox News, 1 May 2022 Bordeaux said his biggest complaint about TRAX is that the schedule isn’t consistent — the trains often arrive too early or too late. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Ordinarily the responsibility to set up and tear down the show lies with the performers, but Les and Hexli hadn’t made the jump with us to Louisiana, and their replacements wouldn’t arrive for a few more days. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Aditi Vasan, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where gun violence reached all-time highs last year, said the ramifications could arrive much sooner. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 In 2019, Musk claimed the robotaxi would arrive in 2020, which obviously never happened. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2022 Every day, 500 to 800 Ukrainians arrive in Tijuana after long journeys that include several flight connections, Mr. Lucero said. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Russian attacks have destroyed vital infrastructure, and the port of Odessa — where almost all of Ukraine’s imports by sea arrive — is closed because of the war. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 In the meantime, families like the Slonovskas arrive, suitcases in hand, exhausted. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2022 The storm starts soon after Sophie and Bee arrive, forcing the crew to retreat indoors. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2022 The 2003 Dublin Regulation stipulates that the European Union countries where would-be refugees first arrive generally must process asylum claims. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 1 Apr. 2022 The nurses say staff shortages mean there's often a delay in checking on patients as more arrive for care, and there are too many people wanting treatment and not enough beds. CNN, 5 Mar. 2022 Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, flanked by Former Alabama Senator Doug Jones and a security detail arrive for a meeting with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 16 Mar. 2022 Guests on the tour arrive at the Alpine Creek Lodge for lunch. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Feb. 2022 Christ Hospital last week welcomed 20 Ohio National Guard troops to help its hospital workers and anticipated having another 30 arrive this week. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of arrive


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


1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrive


Middle English ariven, arriven "to reach the end of a journey by sea, disembark, reach a destination," borrowed from Anglo-French ariver, arriver "to bring (a person, a ship) to shore, to reach a destination by ship, disembark" (also continental Old French), going back to Vulgar Latin *arrīpāre, parasynthetic derivative from Latin ad rīpam "up to the shore, at the shore" from ad "to, at" + rīpam, accusative of rīpa "bank, shore"; (sense 3) borrowed from French arriver (attested in this sense since the 18th century) — more at at entry 1, river


borrowed from French, past participle of arriver "to reach a destination, achieve success," going back to Old French ariver "to reach a destination by ship" — more at arrive entry 1

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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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