[ uh-rahyv ]
See synonyms for: arrivearrivedarrivesarriving on

verb (used without object),ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
  1. to come to a certain point in the course of travel; reach one's destination: He finally arrived in Rome.

  2. to come to be near or present in time: The moment to act has arrived.

  1. to attain a position of success, power, achievement, fame, or the like: After years of hard work, she has finally arrived in her field.

  2. Archaic. to happen: It arrived that the master had already departed.

verb (used with object),ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to reach; come to.

Verb Phrases
  1. 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

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English a(r)riven, from Old French a(r)river, from Vulgar Latin arrīpāre (unrecorded) “to come to land,” verb derivative of Latin ad rīpam “to the riverbank”; cf. river1

Other words from arrive

  • ar·riv·er, noun
  • un·ar·rived, adjective
  • un·ar·riv·ing, adjective

Other definitions for arrivé (2 of 2)

[ ar-ee-vey; French a-ree-vey ]

noun,plural ar·ri·vés [ar-ee-veyz; French a-ree-vey]. /ˌær iˈveɪz; French a riˈveɪ/.
  1. a person who has swiftly gained wealth, status, success, or fame.

Origin of arrivé

First recorded in 1920–25; from French: literally, “arrived,” noun use of past participle of arriver “to arrive”; see arrive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use arrive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for arrive


/ (əˈraɪv) /

  1. to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination

  2. (foll by at) to agree upon; reach: to arrive at a decision

  1. to occur eventually: the moment arrived when pretence was useless

  2. informal (of a baby) to be born

  3. informal to attain success or gain recognition

Origin of arrive

C13: from Old French ariver, from Vulgar Latin arrīpāre (unattested) to land, reach the bank, from Latin ad to + rīpa river bank

Derived forms of arrive

  • arriver, noun

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