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From Old French ariver, from Late Latin *arrīpare, from Latin ad + rīpa ‎(shore). For the sense-derivation, compare land.



arrive ‎(third-person singular simple present arrives, present participle arriving, simple past and past participle arrived)

  1. (intransitive, copulative) To reach; to get to a certain place.
    We arrived at the hotel and booked in.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74: 
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%.
  2. (intransitive) To obtain a level of success or fame.
    He had finally arrived on Broadway.
    • 2002, Donald Cole, Immigrant City: Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1845-1921 (page 58)
      Evidence that the Irish had arrived socially was the abrupt decline in the number of newspaper articles accusing them of brawling and other crimes.
  3. To come; said of time.
    The time has arrived for us to depart.
  4. To happen or occur.
    • Waller
      Happy! to whom this glorious death arrives.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To reach; to come to.
    • Milton
      Ere he arrive the happy isle.
    • Shakespeare
      Ere we could arrive the point proposed.
    • Tennyson
      Arrive at last the blessed goal.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To bring to shore.
    • Chapman
      and made the sea-trod ship arrive them

Usage notes[edit]

  • Additional, nonstandard, and uncommon past tense and past participle are, respectively, arrove and arriven, likely formed by analogy to verbs like drove and driven.


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  1. first-person singular present indicative of arriver
  2. third-person singular present indicative of arriver
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of arriver
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of arriver
  5. second-person singular imperative of arriver