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arrive

[uh-rahyv]
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verb (used without object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
  1. to come to a certain point in the course of travel; reach one's destination: He finally arrived in Rome.
  2. to come to be near or present in time: The moment to act has arrived.
  3. to attain a position of success, power, achievement, fame, or the like: After years of hard work, she has finally arrived in her field.
  4. Archaic. to happen: It arrived that the master had already departed.
verb (used with object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to reach; come to.
Verb Phrases
  1. arrive at,
    1. to come to a place after traveling; reach.
    2. to attain the objective in a course or process: to arrive at a conclusion.

Origin of arrive

1175–1225; Middle English a(r)riven < Old French a(r)river < Vulgar Latin *arrīpāre to come to land, verbal derivative of Latin ad rīpam to the riverbank; cf. river1
Related formsar·riv·er, nounun·ar·rived, adjectiveun·ar·riv·ing, adjective

arrivé

[ar-ee-vey; French a-ree-vey]
noun, plural ar·ri·vés [ar-ee-veyz; French a-ree-vey] /ˌær iˈveɪz; French a riˈveɪ/.
  1. a person who has swiftly gained wealth, status, success, or fame.

Origin of arrivé

1920–25; < French: literally, arrived, noun use of past participle of arriver to arrive
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Examples from the Web for arrive

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  • Let me acknowledge that there was much need of self-persuasion to arrive at this conclusion.

  • At Antwerp, he happened to arrive at the celebration of the fête in honour of Rubens.

  • How can I arrive at an opinion unless I go myself, and see what it is like?

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • He is a lover of truth, and advocates the only way to arrive at it, which is by unfettered thought.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Let me hear from you as soon as you arrive, and in particular tell me what you mean to do with Mainwaring.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen


British Dictionary definitions for arrive

arrive

verb (intr)
  1. to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination
  2. (foll by at) to agree upon; reachto arrive at a decision
  3. to occur eventuallythe moment arrived when pretence was useless
  4. informal (of a baby) to be born
  5. informal to attain success or gain recognition
Derived Formsarriver, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French ariver, from Vulgar Latin arrīpāre (unattested) to land, reach the bank, from Latin ad to + rīpa river bank
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Word Origin and History for arrive

v.

c.1200, "reach land, reach the end of a journey by sea," from Anglo-French ariver, Old French ariver (11c.) "to come to land," from Vulgar Latin *arripare "to touch the shore," from Latin ad ripam "to the shore," from ad "to" (see ad-) + ripa "shore" (see riparian). The original notion is of coming ashore after a long voyage. Of journeys other than by sea, from late 14c. Sense of "to come to a position or state of mind" is from late 14c. Related: Arrived; arriving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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