verb (used without object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
verb (used with object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
- 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
Word Origin 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.
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]