- 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
Examples from the Web for arriving
By the time the ambulance arrived, over 10 minutes later, it was too late—Mills died soon after arriving at the hospital.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Ramos would help set the tone of the day when he greeted the arriving students outside the school.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Arriving in Italy means they have made it to the next phase, but they have most certainly not reached the end of their journeys.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
A few minutes after arriving, I stood, stripped of everything, my clothes neatly folded on the floor next to me.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
The Prince and The Duchess will travel to Colombia first, arriving in Bogota on Tuesday, October 28.Charles and Camilla To Visit Mexico and Colombia
October 3, 2014
"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
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.Heroes of the Telegraph
- 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 arriving
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.