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ar·​rive ə-ˈrīv How to pronounce arrive (audio)
arrived; arriving

intransitive verb

: to reach a destination
The train arrived late.
: to make an appearance : to come upon the scene
The crowd became silent when the officers arrived.
: to be near in time : come
The moment has arrived.
informal : to achieve success
After years of climbing the corporate ladder, he felt he had finally arrived.
archaic : happen
arriver noun


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ar·​ri·​vé ˌa-ri-ˈvā How to pronounce arrivé (audio)
: one who has risen rapidly to success, power, or fame
arrive at
: to reach by effort or thought
arrived at a decision

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
With the trend toward ’90s country, Larkins’ debut single arrives at an opportune moment. Tom Roland, Billboard, 28 Nov. 2023 The tour announcement arrives several days before the group is set to perform at Los Angeles’ Bésame Mucho Festival, which will be headlined by Maná, Los Bukis, and Gloria Trevi. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023 Thirty-three Palestinian prisoners released by Israel arrived early today in east Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Ramallah. Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports,, 28 Nov. 2023 Granit Xhaka enjoyed an excellent 2022/23 season, but was still moved on last summer to make way for Declan Rice who arrived in a Premier League-record transfer from West Ham in the summer transfer window. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 More cars kept arriving, forming a column of off-road travelers snaking through the desert, even as Easler and the drivers at the front realized they were headed nowhere. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 Her Variety Hitmakers award for Changemaker of the Year arrives after years of Morris using her success within country music to try to push the genre towards more inclusivity on all fronts — most pressingly, for people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Natalie Weiner, Variety, 28 Nov. 2023 In total, at least six deputies arrived in four patrol cars and two unmarked vehicles. Richard A. Webster, ProPublica, 27 Nov. 2023 North wore a velour sweatsuit, big sunglasses and straight hair, recreating a photo from Kardashian and Hilton arriving at the Sydney Airport in 2006. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023
The transformative track and visual arrives after the rap star began teasing it several weeks ago, and marks her debut as an independent artist. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 Less chance of forgetting what happened in the first two batches of episodes before the third arrives. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Plus, the staff works their collective asses off, and once fall arrives and temperatures (hopefully) drop below microwavable, the side patio and back lawn will become Huntsville honey holes. Matt Wake |, al, 25 July 2023 Two minutes after Medic 100 arrives, the Franklin Fire squad truck pulls up and secures the scene, checking the car for gasoline leaks and snipping the battery lines so the remaining airbags don't trip. Oliver Broudy, Men's Health, 17 Aug. 2023 When fall arrives and temperatures decrease, CALS expects to see more patrons borrowing tools for home improvement projects, according to Coffey. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2023 Water use will go up as the days get warmer, Duer said, but as late summer arrives, people should adjust their watering habits. Megan Banta, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2023 But until the air-conditioning arrives, its drivers have to suffer the heat. WIRED, 31 July 2023 Do everything to the best of your ability -- and when the opportunity to break free arrives, take it! Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arrive was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Arrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ar·​rive ə-ˈrīv How to pronounce arrive (audio)
arrived; arriving
: to reach the place one started out for
arrive home at six o'clock
: come sense 4
the time arrived to begin
: to be successful

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