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
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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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