- 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
- 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 at
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.
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]