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arrive +‎ -al


  • enPR: ə-rīv'əl, IPA(key): /əˈɹaɪ.vəl/
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arrival (countable and uncountable, plural arrivals)

  1. The act of arriving or something that has arrived.
    The early arrival of the bride created a stir.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. [] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
  2. The attainment of an objective, especially as a result of effort.
    The arrival of the railway made the local tourist industry viable.
    • 2013 July 20, “Out of the gloom”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.
  3. A person who has arrived.
    There has been a significant growth in illegal arrivals.


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