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,
to come to a place after traveling; reach.
to attain the objective in a course or process: to arrive at a conclusion.

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

arriver, noun
unarrived, adjective
unarriving, adjective Unabridged


[ar-ee-vey; French a-ree-vey]
noun, plural arrivés [ar-ee-veyz; French a-ree-vey] .
a person who has swiftly gained wealth, status, success, or fame.

1920–25; < French: literally, arrived, noun use of past participle of arriver to arrive Unabridged
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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
3.  to occur eventually: the moment arrived when pretence was useless
4.  informal (of a baby) to be born
5.  informal to attain success or gain recognition
[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 & History

c.1200, from O.Fr. ariver "to come to land," from V.L. *arripare "to touch the shore," from L. ad ripam "to the shore," from ad "to" + ripa "shore," with an original meaning of coming ashore after a long voyage. Sense of "to come to a position or state of mind" is from late 14c.
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Example sentences for arrives
She never arrives her body is found at the bottom of a cliff.
Although he successfully murders them, spiderman arrives and drives him off.
Frightened and injured, she arrives home bloodied and sobbing.
They are attacked by some kind of monster but the pilot arrives and shoots it.
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