Meaning of “arrive” in the English Dictionary

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"arrive" in British English

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arriveverb [ I ]

uk /əˈraɪv/ us /əˈraɪv/

arrive verb [ I ] (REACH)

A2 to reach a place, especially at the end of a journey:

What time will your train arrive?
It was dark by the time we arrived at the station.
We arrived in Prague later that day.
I arrived back to find that my room had been burgled.
What time does the mail usually arrive (= is it delivered)?
I ordered some CDs over a month ago, but they still haven't arrived (= I have not received them).

More examples

  • We didn't arrive at our hotel until after midnight.
  • An excited crowd waited for the singer to arrive.
  • Try and get some sleep on the plane, then you'll arrive feeling fresh.
  • What time does the flight from Amsterdam arrive?
  • She's not a very organized person and she always arrives late at meetings.


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(Definition of “arrive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"arrive" in American English

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arriveverb [ I ]

us /əˈrɑɪv/

to come to a place, esp. after traveling:

What time is their plane scheduled to arrive?

If someone or something arrives, it appears:

Sausages suddenly arrived on our table.

infml Someone who has arrived has become successful:

When they sent a limo for us, I knew we’d arrived.

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(Definition of “arrive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)