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intr.v. ar·rived, ar·riv·ing, ar·rives
1. To reach a destination.
2. To come at length; take place: The day of reckoning has arrived.
3. To achieve success or recognition: He had finally arrived as a designer.
Phrasal Verb:
arrive at
To reach through effort or a process: arrive at a decision after much thought.

[Middle English ariven, from Old French ariver, from Vulgar Latin *arrīpāre, to reach the shore : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin rīpa, shore.]

ar·riv′er n.


vb (intr)
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]
arˈriver n



v.i. -rived, -riv•ing.
1. to come to a certain point in the course of travel; reach one's destination: We finally arrived in Rome.
2. to come to be present: The moment to act has arrived.
3. to attain a position of success in the world.
4. Archaic. to happen.
5. arrive at, to reach or attain; come to.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French a(r)river < Vulgar Latin *arrīpāre to come to land, v. derivative of Latin ad rīpam to the riverbank]
ar•riv′er, n.


1. 'arrive'

You use arrive or reach to say that someone comes to a place at the end of a journey.

I'll tell Professor Sastri you've arrived.
He reached Bath in the late afternoon.

You usually say that someone arrives at a place.

We arrived at Victoria Station at 3 o'clock.

However, you say that someone arrives in a country or city.

He had arrived in France slightly ahead of schedule.
The ambassador arrived in Paris today.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'arrives to' a place.

Be Careful!
Don't use a preposition after arrive in front of home, here, there, somewhere, or anywhere.

We arrived home and I carried my suitcases up the stairs.
I arrived here yesterday.
She rarely arrives anywhere on time.
2. 'reach'

Reach always takes a direct object. Don't say that someone 'reaches at' a place or that they 'have just reached'.

It was dark by the time I reached their house.


Past participle: arrived
Gerund: arriving

I arrive
you arrive
he/she/it arrives
we arrive
you arrive
they arrive
I arrived
you arrived
he/she/it arrived
we arrived
you arrived
they arrived
Present Continuous
I am arriving
you are arriving
he/she/it is arriving
we are arriving
you are arriving
they are arriving
Present Perfect
I have arrived
you have arrived
he/she/it has arrived
we have arrived
you have arrived
they have arrived
Past Continuous
I was arriving
you were arriving
he/she/it was arriving
we were arriving
you were arriving
they were arriving
Past Perfect
I had arrived
you had arrived
he/she/it had arrived
we had arrived
you had arrived
they had arrived
I will arrive
you will arrive
he/she/it will arrive
we will arrive
you will arrive
they will arrive
Future Perfect
I will have arrived
you will have arrived
he/she/it will have arrived
we will have arrived
you will have arrived
they will have arrived
Future Continuous
I will be arriving
you will be arriving
he/she/it will be arriving
we will be arriving
you will be arriving
they will be arriving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been arriving
you have been arriving
he/she/it has been arriving
we have been arriving
you have been arriving
they have been arriving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been arriving
you will have been arriving
he/she/it will have been arriving
we will have been arriving
you will have been arriving
they will have been arriving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been arriving
you had been arriving
he/she/it had been arriving
we had been arriving
you had been arriving
they had been arriving
I would arrive
you would arrive
he/she/it would arrive
we would arrive
you would arrive
they would arrive
Past Conditional
I would have arrived
you would have arrived
he/she/it would have arrived
we would have arrived
you would have arrived
they would have arrived
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.arrive - reach a destinationarrive - reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
land, set down - reach or come to rest; "The bird landed on the highest branch"; "The plane landed in Istanbul"
drive in - arrive by motorcar; "The star and her manager drive in today from their motor tour across the country"
land, put down, bring down - cause to come to the ground; "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
set ashore, shore, land - arrive on shore; "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor"
roll up - arrive in a vehicle: "He rolled up in a black Mercedes"
get - reach and board; "She got the bus just as it was leaving"
come in, come - be received; "News came in of the massacre in Rwanda"
attain, reach, hit - reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
flood in - arrive in great numbers
move in, pull in, get in, draw in - of trains; move into (a station); "The bullet train drew into Tokyo Station"
plump in - arrive suddenly and unannounced; "He plumped in on a Sunday morning"
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
2.arrive - succeed in a big wayarrive - succeed in a big way; get to the top; "After he published his book, he had arrived"; "I don't know whether I can make it in science!"; "You will go far, my boy!"
bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, succeed, win, come through - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"


1. come, appear, enter, turn up, show up (informal), materialize, draw near Fresh groups of guests arrived.
come go, leave, retire, withdraw, disappear, exit, go away, vanish, depart, take (your) leave, pack your bags (informal)
2. occur, happen, take place, ensue, transpire, fall, befall They needed to be much further forward before winter arrived.
3. (Informal) succeed, make it (informal), triumph, do well, thrive, flourish, be successful, make good, prosper, cut it (informal), reach the top, become famous, make the grade (informal), get to the top, crack it (informal), hit the jackpot (informal), turn out well, make your mark (informal), achieve recognition, do all right for yourself (informal) These are cars which show you've arrived.
arrive at something
1. reach, make, get to, enter, land at, get as far as She arrived at the airport early this morning.
2. achieve, get, come to, reach, effect, complete, obtain, accomplish, execute, bring about, attain, consummate The jury could not arrive at a unanimous decision.


1. To come to a particular place:
Slang: blow in.
2. To gain success:
phrasal verb
arrive at
To reach (a goal or objective):
Informal: hit on (or upon).
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[əˈraɪv] VI
1. [person, taxi, letter, meal etc] → llegar, arribar (esp LAm); [time, winter, event etc] → llegar
to arrive (up)on the sceneentrar en escena
2. [baby] → nacer, llegar
3. (= succeed in business etc) → triunfar, alcanzar el éxito
arrive at VI + PREP [+ decision, solution] → llegar a; [+ perfection] → lograr, alcanzar
we finally arrived at a pricepor fin convenimos (en) un precio
they finally arrived at the idea of doingfinalmente llegaron a la conclusión de hacer ...
how did you arrive at this figure?¿cómo has llegado a esta cifra?


[əˈraɪv] vi [person, train] → arriver; [letter] → arriver
I arrived at 5 o'clock → Je suis arrivé à cinq heures.
arrive at
vt fus (= reach) [+ decision, figure] → parvenir à


(= come)ankommen, eintreffen (geh); (= be born)ankommen; to arrive homenach Hause kommen; (esp after journey etc) → zu Hause ankommen; to arrive at a town/the airportin einer Stadt/am Flughafen ankommen or eintreffen (geh); the train will arrive at platform 10der Zug läuft auf Gleis 10 ein; the great day arrivedder große Tag kam; a new era has arrived!ein neues Zeitalter ist angebrochen!; the time has arrived for something/to do somethingdie Zeit für etw ist gekommen, die Zeit ist reif für etw/etw zu tun; television has not arrived here yetdas Fernsehen ist noch nicht bis hier durchgedrungen; to arrive at a decisionzu einer Entscheidung kommen or gelangen; to arrive at the age of …das Alter von … Jahren erreichen; to arrive at an answer/a conclusion/resultzu einer Antwort/einem Schluss/Ergebnis kommen; to arrive at a priceauf einen Preis kommen; (= agree on)sich auf einen Preis einigen
(inf: = succeed) then you know you’ve really arriveddann weiß man, dass man es geschafft hat


[əˈraɪv] vi (gen) → arrivare; (day, time) → arrivare, giungere
arrive at vi + prep (place, price) → arrivare a; (decision, solution) → arrivare a, giungere a


(əˈraiv) verb
to reach (a place, the end of a journey etc). They arrived home last night; The parcel arrived yesterday.
arˈrival noun
1. the act of arriving. I was greeted by my sister on my arrival.
2. a person, thing etc that has arrived. I wish he would stop calling our baby the new arrival.
arrive at
to reach. The committee failed to arrive at a decision.


يَصِلُ přijít ankomme ankommen φτάνω llegar saapua arriver doći arrivare 着く 도착하다 aankomen ankomme przybyć chegar прибывать ankomma มาถึง varmak đến 到达
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