[ uh-rahyv ]
/ əˈraɪv /
verb (used without object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
Obsolete. to reach; come to.
- to come to a place after traveling; reach.
- to attain the objective in a course or process: to arrive at a conclusion.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for arrive at
/ (əˈraɪv) /
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
Derived Formsarriver, noun
Word Origin for arrive
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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Idioms and Phrases with arrive at
Reach an objective, as in We arrived at the party right on time, or It took Harry only a few minutes to arrive at a solution. [Early 1500s]
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