Pronunciation Verb

arrive (arrives, present participle arriving; 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.
  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.
    • Happy! to whom this glorious death arrives.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To reach; to come to.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Ere he arrive the happy isle.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Ere we could arrive the point proposed.
    • 1849, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, […], published 1850, OCLC 3968433 ↗, (please specify ):
      Arrive at last the blessed goal.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To bring to shore.
    • and made the sea-trod ship arrive them
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