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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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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The onus is on the players to stay sharp for when the season does arrive in February. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks baseball glad to be back on the field after 2020 season cut short," 21 Oct. 2020 To make sure its Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive at hospitals and clinics frozen and potent, Pfizer created its own container to ship them. Costas Paris And Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Pfizer Sets Up Its ‘Biggest Ever’ Vaccination Distribution Campaign," 21 Oct. 2020 That led many to believe, or at least hope, an announcement regarding a state meet would arrive. Pat Disabato,, "Disabato: Looking for a 3-peat? Lockport’s Ben Sluzas ‘disappointed’ about being denied chance to make IHSA history in boys golf.," 21 Oct. 2020 For the first year, the GMC Hummer EV will only be available as a $112,595 Edition 1, which will arrive in 2022. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "GMC Hummer Edition 1 Will Be Ultra-Loaded and Cost $112,595," 21 Oct. 2020 When the authorities finally did arrive at the plant, Mr. Marr’s ordeal was not yet over. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "In ‘Lobster War,’ Indigenous Canadians Face Attacks by Fishermen," 20 Oct. 2020 The day’s menu depends on what ingredients arrive in the kitchen from their food donor partners. Ben Barkawi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Community oven fights poverty, division in Beirut, with hot meals," 20 Oct. 2020 The circumstances are challenging, especially with a lack of spring ball, the near-constant uncertainty of when the season would arrive, and a dearth of full-contact days. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's Tom Allen is talking Zoom calls, COVID tests — and football. Actual football.," 20 Oct. 2020 When authorities finally did arrive at the plant, Marr's ordeal was not yet over. Dan Bilefsky, Star Tribune, "Canada's Indigenous lobstermen under attack from commercial fishermen," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Predictions about coronavirus vaccines have become almost deafening in recent weeks, but whether the first doses of a vaccine arrive this year or not, some people will continue to get sick. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "These laboratory-made antibodies are a best bet for a coronavirus treatment, but there won’t be enough," 1 Oct. 2020 Bertsch said that during a normal year about 50% of his visitors are from South Dakota, 47% travel from neighboring Nebraska or Iowa and 3% arrive from other states. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "'Busiest camping season': Travelers choose outdoor recreation close to home amid COVID-19 pandemic," 7 Sep. 2020 Later, Dooley, Bannister and the unidentified female arrive at the residence. Carol Robinson |, al, "Shootout that killed 2, injured 1 in Cullman County started as robbery, sheriff says," 17 Aug. 2020 Still to be determined is how many more arrive on Wednesday and Thursday; Republican Registrar Pete Gostin said those will be counted Thursday. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Polls open for primary amid lingering outages, COVID-19 pandemic; record number of absentee ballots expected as voters select presidential candidates," 11 Aug. 2020 Today an average of three container trains per day cross Rainy Lake; up to 14 daily trains in total arrive from Canada, most others carrying oil, grain or other bulk products. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Phony Barbie dolls and stolen tech: Counterfeit seizures on the rise at Minnesota-Canada border," 8 Aug. 2020 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

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

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24 Oct 2020

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“Arrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce arrivé (audio)

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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