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arrive

[uh-rahyv]
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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.
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verb (used with object), ar·rived, ar·riv·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to reach; come to.
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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.
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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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  • "You've made up for it by arriving early to-day, at any rate," said Viviette.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • In arriving at this decision her mind traveled a number of devious roads.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Great was my surprise on arriving at the village to find no person there.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • We went out without any accident, arriving in safety at Cape Henry.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Arriving in Boston on October 18, he lost no time in renting a studio.


British Dictionary definitions for arriving

arrive

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
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Derived Formsarriver, noun

Word Origin

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 arriving

arrive

v.

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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