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
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
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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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