- 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 I arrived on the scene, it was all over. We didn't arrive back at the hotel until very late.
- 2 [intransitive] (of things) to be brought to somebody A letter arrived for you this morning. Send your application to arrive by 31 October. We waited an hour for our lunch to arrive. The new product will arrive on supermarket shelves (= be available) early next year.
- 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. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘reach the shore after a voyage’): from Old French ariver, based on Latin ad-
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BrE BrE//əˈraɪv//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraɪv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they arrive
BrE BrE//əˈraɪv//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraɪv//he / she / it arrives
BrE BrE//əˈraɪvz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraɪvz//past simple arrived
BrE BrE//əˈraɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraɪvd//past participle arrived
BrE BrE//əˈraɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraɪvd//-ing form arriving
BrE BrE//əˈraɪvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈraɪvɪŋ//