arrive

verb
ar·​rive | \ ə-ˈrīv \
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

arrivé

noun
ar·​ri·​vé | \ ˌa-ri-ˈvā \

Definition of arrivé (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who has risen rapidly to success, power, or fame

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Other Words from arrive

Verb

arriver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for arrive

Synonyms: Verb

appear, come, get in, get through, land, show up, turn up

Antonyms: Verb

go, leave

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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

Or suggest doing half the trip — planning upfront to arrive late or leave early. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Wife doesn’t want to go on big family trip," 4 Feb. 2019 Despite the freezing temperatures, lots of fans had waited patiently for the royals to arrive, and they weren't disappointed. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Greeting Children in the Snow Will Melt Your Heart," 1 Feb. 2019 The future member of the Sussex family is expected to arrive this spring, and the Internet can hardly wait. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby: Everything We Know," 24 Jan. 2019 Once Gaga did make her grand entrance in a custom Ralph Lauren gown (the last to arrive, but of course), the festivities began as NBR members and the celebrity guests mingled and discussed everything that made films great in 2018. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "A Star Was Born When Lady Gaga Won Big at Last Night’s National Board of Review Awards," 9 Jan. 2019 The next-generation Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system is expected to arrive in the second half of 2019, but Netgear has not yet announced pricing. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6," 7 Jan. 2019 Carrie heads out on tour in May, just months after her new baby boy is expected to arrive. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Shuts Down Internet Troll for Criticizing Her Sunday Night Football Song," 17 Dec. 2018 Uber’s not likely to arrive on a stock exchange until the middle of next year at the earliest. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Lyft had to beat Uber to an IPO filing," 6 Dec. 2018 Government officials in Tijuana expect 4,000 new migrants to arrive in the city in the coming months. Ari Honarvar, Teen Vogue, "Migrants and Advocates Explain the Migrant Caravan Hunger Strike Protesting U.S. Asylum Policy," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 We all kind of arrive at our own definition of what reality and truth are. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Steven Wilson tour: He really just wants people to enjoy the music, 'To the Bone'," 11 May 2018 Worldwide viewers this morning saw sunset slow arrive at the Magic Kingdom a few hours before the theme park opened. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sunrise at Disney World: What we saw," 1 May 2018 For instance, a person watching a car arrive at a stop sign would expect the driver to stop the car; look around for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and other obstacles; and proceed only when the coast is clear. Peter Hancock, Scientific American, "Self-Driving Cars and Humans Face Inevitable Collisions," 25 Apr. 2018 Sunny day zen garden colorful nature background Levente Bodo - Getty Images What time does spring arrive in 2018? Alix Langone, Time, "When Is the First Day of Spring 2018? 4 Things to Know About the Equinox," 18 Mar. 2018 Campers receive recycling bags when the arrive for the event and recycling bins are positioned at waste stations and throughout the festival campgrounds. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Winnipeg Folk Festival, In Its 45th Year, Honored for Cutting-Edge Environmental Practices," 15 Feb. 2018 However, the German club might struggle to hold onto their man should a substantial bid arrive for the youngster once the end of the season rolls around - the club then having sufficient time to find a replacement. SI.com, "Arsene Wenger Reportedly Determined to Sign Young French Star at End of Season," 19 Dec. 2017 That needs to happen before sustained winds of 25 mph arrive. Tim Healey, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma: Why the Marlins Park roof will be partially open when storm hits," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of arrive

Verb

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

Noun

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrive

Verb

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

Noun

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

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arrive

verb

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

arrive

verb
ar·​rive | \ ə-ˈrīv \
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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