- 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
Related Wordsland, appear, visit, reach, enter, report, hit, show, alight, access, dismount, attain, buzz, disembark, prosper, accomplish, succeed, score, flourish, thrive
Examples from the Web for arrive
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
He said Jay was anxious and wondering why it was taking so long for the police to arrive.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
I arrive at twelve-twenty-five and the secretaries are in a tizzy.
Then when we arrive at his flat in Shepherd's Bush following the escape, perhaps there ought to be remnants of the ladder.
I arrive at the bungalow and find his staff standing about stunned, some of them in tears.
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?
He is a lover of truth, and advocates the only way to arrive at it, which is by unfettered thought.
Let me hear from you as soon as you arrive, and in particular tell me what you mean to do with Mainwaring.Lady Susan
- 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 arrive
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.