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arrive definition


This page has 11 definitions of arrive in English and French. Arrive is a verb. Examples of how to use arrive in a sentence are shown. Also define these 9 related words and terms: copular verb, reach, obtain, level, success, fame, succeed, shore, and arriver.

See also: arrivé

English arrive definition


From Middle English arriven, ariven, a borrowing from Old French ariver, from Late Latin *arrīpare, from Latin ad + rīpa (shore). Displaced native oncome, tocome.

For the sense-derivation, compare Old English ġelandian, ġelendan, lendan (to arrive at land; land) > Middle English alenden, landen (to arrive; arrive at shore; land) > English 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.
    He arrived home for two days.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], 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; to succeed.
    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. (intransitive) To come; said of time.
    The time has arrived for us to depart.
  4. (intransitive) To happen or occur.
    • 1666, Edmund Waller, Instructions to a Painter
      Happy! to whom this glorious death arrives.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To reach; to come to.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To bring to shore.
    • 1618, George Chapman, A Hymn to Apollo
      and made the sea-trod ship arrive them
    • Shore definition
      Land adjoining a non-flowing body of water, such as an ocean, lake or pond. (1 of 2 shore definitions)

Usage notes

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


Related terms


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French arrive definition




  1. first-person singular present indicative of arriver
    • Arriver definition
      One who arrives; usually, one who arrives in a specified way.
  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