See also: arrivé



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).


  • enPR: ə-rīvʹ, IPA(key): /əˈɹaɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪv


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

Usage notesEdit

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


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  1. inflection of arriver:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative