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[uh-rahyv] /əˈraɪv/
verb (used without object), arrived, arriving.
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.
verb (used with object), arrived, arriving.
Obsolete. to reach; come to.
Verb phrases
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 forms
arriver, noun
unarrived, adjective
unarriving, adjective Unabridged
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  • Reid was not with the sheep when Mackenzie arrived where they fed.

  • When Fleckenstein arrived an hour late, he found an empty hall.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The ladies and gentlemen who were coming to dine at the Villa had all arrived.

    The Adventures of Herr Baby Mrs. Molesworth
  • We arrived at the capital of the state at four in the afternoon.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • When Atlee arrived at Bruton Street, the welcome that met him was almost cordial.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
British Dictionary definitions for arrived


verb (intransitive)
to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination
(foll by at) to agree upon; reach: to arrive at a decision
to occur eventually: the moment arrived when pretence was useless
(informal) (of a baby) to be born
(informal) to attain success or gain recognition
Derived Forms
arriver, 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 arrived



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for arrived



To successfully establish one's position or reputation (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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