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Definition of arrive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they arrive
    he / she / it arrives
    past simple arrived
    -ing form arriving
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  1. 1[intransitive] (abbreviation arr.) to get to a place, especially at the end of a journey I'll wait until they arrive. I was pleased to hear you arrived home safely. to arrive early/late for a meeting The police arrived to arrest him. arrive at/in/on… She'll arrive in New York at noon. The train arrived at the station 20 minutes late. By the time Iarrived at the scene, it was all over. We didn't arrive back at the hotel until very late.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of things) to be brought to someone A letter arrived for you this morning. Send your application to arrive by October 31. We waited an hour for our lunch to arrive. The new product will arrive on supermarket shelves (= be available) early next year.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of an event or a moment) to happen or to come, especially when you have been waiting for it The wedding day finally arrived. The baby arrived (= was born) early.
  4. Idioms
    somebody has arrived (informal)
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    someone has become successful He knew he had arrived when he was shortlisted for the Pulitzer prize.
    Phrasal Verbsarrive at something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: arrive

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