Meaning of arrive


To arrive is to come to a destination. When you arrive in Paris, the first thing you should do is go and buy a croissant.

The word arrive generally means to come to a physical destination, like a place. Make sure you arrive home on time for dinner! But it can also be less literal. You can arrive at a conclusion or a decision after much thought. You can also use arrive to mean “achieve great success,” though for whatever reason, this specific usage tends to be in the past tense. If you serve champagne and caviar at a party, your snobby aunt might comment, “My dear, you’ve arrived!” In this case, arrive means to come to a place of great wealth or success.

Definitions of arrive
  1. verb

    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

    arrived home at 7 o’clock”

    come, get


    reach and board
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    go away, go forth, leave

    go away from a place
    exit, get out, go out, leave

    move out of or depart from
    depart, leave, pull up stakes

    remove oneself from an association with or participation in
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    land, set down

    reach or come to rest
    drive in

    arrive by motorcar
    bring down, land, put down

    cause to come to the ground
    land, set ashore, shore

    arrive on shore
    roll up

    arrive in a vehicle: “He rolled up in a black Mercedes”
    come, come in

    be received
    attain, hit, reach

    reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    flood in

    arrive in great numbers
    draw in, get in, move in, pull in

    of trains; move into (a station)
    plump in

    arrive suddenly and unannounced
    alight, light, perch

    to come to rest, settle

    make a forced landing

    land on a beach

    land at or reach a port
    debark, disembark, set down

    go ashore
    touch down

    come or bring (a plane) to a landing

    fall short of (the runway) in a landing

    land on the underside without the landing gear
    crash land

    make an emergency landing
    max out

    reach a maximum
    break even

    attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport

  2. verb

    succeed in a big way; get to the top

    “After he published his book, he had

    get in, go far, make it

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    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

    attain success or reach a desired goal

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