- to come to a certain point in the course of travel; reach one's destination: He finally arrived in Rome.
- to come to be near or present in time: The moment to act has arrived.
- to attain a position of success, power, achievement, fame, or the like: After years of hard work, she has finally arrived in her field.
- Archaic. to happen: It arrived that the master had already departed.
- Obsolete. to reach; come to.
- arrive at,
- to come to a place after traveling; reach.
- to attain the objective in a course or process: to arrive at a conclusion.
Origin of arrive
- a person who has swiftly gained wealth, status, success, or fame.
Origin of arrivé
Examples from the Web for arrives
I meet Otis J. the night he arrives at “The Castle,” a West Harlem halfway house for newly-released convicts.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Hitchcock arrives about ten o'clock, reads his mail, and answers the few phone calls he gets.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
A uniformed cop, 25-year-old Police Officer Timothy Donohue, arrives.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
That moment is beyond the reach of legislation, or of any punishment that arrives after the fact.The Only Way to End Police Violence
December 5, 2014
Catherine Lemay is impressed by neither the myth nor the reality when she arrives in Montana in the summer of 1956.The Golden West Up for Grabs: ‘Painted Horses’ Is the Next Great Western Novel
November 28, 2014
She relies on Mrs. Howe's protection till her cousin Morden arrives.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Monday Night: I am writing in my tent, which is to be shared with Anthony when he arrives.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
She has a prescriptive right to the society of the man who arrives.American Notes
It can do nothing against Him, it is only by His grace that it arrives at the truth.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
If the Street is brisk, I won't see him till he arrives home to-night.One Day's Courtship
- to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination
- (foll by at) to agree upon; reachto arrive at a decision
- to occur eventuallythe moment arrived when pretence was useless
- informal (of a baby) to be born
- informal to attain success or gain recognition
Word Origin and History for arrives
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.