Definition of arrive
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
: to reach by effort or thought <arrived at a decision>
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?
Origin and Etymology of arrive
Middle English ariven, from Anglo-French ariver, from Vulgar Latin *arripare to come to shore, from Latin ad- + ripa shore — more at rive
First Known Use: 1866
Definition of arrivé
: one who has risen rapidly to success, power, or fame
Origin and Etymology of arrivé
French, from past participle of arriver to arrive, from Old French ariver
First Known Use: 1925
ARRIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arrive for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of arrive for Students
1 : to reach the place started out for <We arrived home at six o'clock.>
2 : come 4 <The time to leave finally arrived.>
3 : to be born <The baby arrived at noon on Monday.>
: to reach by effort or thought <arrive at a decision>
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