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

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arriver noun

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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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The machines arrive in shipping containers and are laid out on the plant floor for assembly like giant 3-D puzzles. Lee Roop |, al, "Blue Origin’s big job: Restoring an Apollo test stand in Huntsville," 3 July 2020 Ely is a hard place to earn a living, especially for young people and particularly during the long winter before the summer crowds arrive. Jack Brook, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine," 2 July 2020 Those doctors, nurses and personnel should arrive in the coming days, and will follow the additional 62 medical personnel who arrived in Tucson earlier this week to help efforts there. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona coronavirus update: Drop in cases and deaths, but hospital figures break record," 2 July 2020 The recommendations from the Business Roundtable, which represents the chief executives of 193 large companies, arrive as Republicans and Democrats are at a faceoff over competing bills for police reform. Jena Mcgregor, Washington Post, "Top CEOs endorse calls for police reform, another sign of momentum on the issue," 1 July 2020 Determined people arrive before 4 a.m., six hours ahead of time, to boost their chances of getting in, but some are turned away. Joshua Fechter,, "With spike in coronavirus infections, demand for COVID-19 testing surges in San Antonio," 30 June 2020 The first eight-episodes of Lucifer season 5 arrive Aug. 21 on Netflix. Chancellor Agard,, "Lucifer reveals the Devil’s ‘first case’ in new photos from season 5's noir episode," 30 June 2020 For about four days, the radio waves would arrive at random. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Mysterious Rhythm Is Coming From Another Galaxy," 26 June 2020 Assuming there are no disruptions because of health issues—a big assumption at the moment—Opening Day should arrive by late July. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Baseball’s Back. It Will Be Brief. Will It Be Better?," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The video shows three more people in uniform arrive, none wearing masks. oregonlive, "Oregon State Police don’t wear coronavirus masks as they patronize Corvallis coffee shop, despite governor’s order," 2 July 2020 Whether Barley will be covered by workers compensation, should an injury arrive, also is being considered. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. hiring real dog as brewmaster (video)," 1 Apr. 2020 Those who tried unsuccessfully to stick to online shopping arrive to find their go-to products wiped from the shelves. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "Panicked Shoppers Empty Shelves as Coronavirus Anxiety Rises," 13 Mar. 2020 The show played Queens in 2016 and Brooklyn in 2017, but only now, with this Joyce run, does the full production arrive in Manhattan. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Adding Razzle-Dazzle to a Gaucho Dance Style," 11 Feb. 2020 How does a 17-year-old arrive in Los Angeles ready to take his place on the NBA’s biggest stage? Gary Washburn,, "Kobe Bryant came as close to being Michael Jordan as anyone ever has," 1 Feb. 2020 Police are awaiting the arrive of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Carol Robinson |, al, "Skeletal remains found in camper off busy Brighton road," 8 Aug. 2019 The Inyo County Sheriff's Office is helping to secure the scene of the crash until the military arrive, CNN reported. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "US Navy officials investigating cause of jet crash in California; status of pilot unknown," 31 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of arrive


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


1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrive


Middle English ariven, from Anglo-French ariver, from Vulgar Latin *arripare to come to shore, from Latin ad- + ripa shore — more at rive


French, from past participle of arriver to arrive, from Old French ariver

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

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8 Jul 2020

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“Arrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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