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UK [əˈraɪv] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "arrive":
present tense I/you/we/they arrive he/she/it arrives present participle arriving past tense arrived past participle arrived
Get it right: arrive:
The verb arrive is never used with the preposition to:
Wrong: He meets them at an inn before they arrive to the house.
Right: He meets them at an inn before they arrive at the house.  
Arrive can be used with at or in: ▪  you arrive at a building (such as an airport or restaurant) …the scene in which Robyn arrives at the factory for the first time ▪  you arrive in a geographical location (such as a city or country) A delegation of senior French ministers will arrive in London today. ▪  you can also use arrive at in a figurative way, meaning "to reach a particular goal or point in a process" Quite independently, we all arrived at the same conclusion. The court will arrive at a final decision next week.   Note that with the word home, no preposition is used:
Wrong: When they finally arrive at home, all they want to do is sleep.
Right: When they finally arrive home, all they want to do is sleep.
1) to reach a place, after having been somewhere else

What time does your plane arrive?

I finally arrived home at five in the morning.

arrive at/in:

Four police officers suddenly arrived at their house.

a) to reach a place after having been sent or ordered from somewhere else

A letter arrived for you this morning.

Our furniture arrived safely by truck yesterday.

b) if information arrives, it is published or heard somewhere

Reports are just arriving about the earthquake in Mexico.

c) to come to a place in order to live there permanently

Her parents arrived in America in 1926.

d) to join an organization or start a new job

She was just 21 when she arrived at the Daily Mail as a trainee reporter.

2) to happen, take place, or begin to exist

Society changed forever when television arrived.

3) if a baby arrives, it is born

Sally was four when her baby brother arrived.

4) informal to achieve an aim, especially after a lot of effort

Running their own business, they felt they had finally arrived.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • arrivé — arrivé, ée [ arive ] adj. • de arriver 1 ♦ Premier, dernier arrivé : celui qui est arrivé le premier, le dernier. « il n a pu faire autrement que de servir d abord les premiers arrivés » (A. Gide). 2 ♦ Qui a réussi (socialement,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • arrivé — arrivé, ée (a ri vé, vée) part. passé. 1°   Qui a pris terre. Arrivé au port. 2°   Venu dans un lieu par eau, par voiture, à cheval, etc. Arrivé en diligence. 3°   Venu, en général. Arrivé en Afrique. Vous êtes bien aise de le voir arrivé. à… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Arrive — Ar*rive , v. t. 1. To bring to shore. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And made the sea trod ship arrive them. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. To reach; to come to. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Ere he arrive the happy isle. Milton. [1913 Webster] Ere we could arrive …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arrive — Ar*rive , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Arrived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arriving}.] [OE. ariven to arrive, land, OF. ariver, F. arriver, fr. LL. arripare, adripare, to come to shore; L. ad + ripa the shore or sloping bank of a river. Cf. {Riparian}.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arrive — Ar*rive , n. Arrival. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] How should I joy of thy arrive to hear! Drayton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arrive at — (something) to come to a decision or agreement about something after serious thought or discussion. The town council needs to explain how they arrived at their plan for future development of the town. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of… …   New idioms dictionary

  • arrive — [v1] come to a destination access, alight, appear, attain, barge in, blow in, bob up*, breeze in*, bust in*, buzz*, check in*, clock in*, disembark, dismount, drop anchor, drop in, enter, fall by, fall in, get to, hit*, hit town*, land*, make it* …   New thesaurus

  • arrive — ► VERB 1) reach a destination. 2) be brought or delivered. 3) (of a particular moment) come about. 4) (arrive at) reach (a conclusion or decision). 5) informal become successful and well known. ORIGIN originally in the sense «reach the sho …   English terms dictionary

  • arrive — [ə rīv′] vi. arrived, arriving [ME ariven < OFr ariver < VL * arripare, come to shore, land < L ad , to + ripa, shore] 1. to reach one s destination; come to a place 2. to come [the time has arrived for action] 3. to attain success, fame …   English World dictionary

  • arrive — I verb accomplish, achieve, advance, alight, appear, approach, attain, befall, betide, come to, consummate, culminate, emerge, enter, eventuate, gain, get to, happen, join, land, make good, occur, reach, show up, supervene, turn up, visit II… …   Law dictionary

  • arrive at — index attain, obtain Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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