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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.
  3. to attain a position of success, power, achievement, fame, or the like: After years of hard work, she has finally arrived in her field.
  4. 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,
    1. to come to a place after traveling; reach.
    2. to attain the objective in a course or process: to arrive at a conclusion.

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


[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

1920–25; < French: literally, arrived, noun use of past participle of arriver to arrive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for arrives

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Historical Examples of arrives

  • She relies on Mrs. Howe's protection till her cousin Morden arrives.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Monday Night: I am writing in my tent, which is to be shared with Anthony when he arrives.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • She has a prescriptive right to the society of the man who arrives.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • It can do nothing against Him, it is only by His grace that it arrives at the truth.

  • If the Street is brisk, I won't see him till he arrives home to-night.

British Dictionary definitions for arrives


verb (intr)
  1. to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination
  2. (foll by at) to agree upon; reachto arrive at a decision
  3. to occur eventuallythe moment arrived when pretence was useless
  4. informal (of a baby) to be born
  5. 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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Word Origin and History for arrives



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.

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