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verb [intransitive] British English pronunciation: arrive /əˈraɪv/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlearriving
past tensearrived
past participlearrived

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. b.
      if information arrives, it is published or heard somewhere

      Reports are just arriving about the earthquake in Mexico.

    3. 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. 2
    to happen, take place, or begin to exist

    Society changed forever when television arrived.

  3. 3
    if a baby arrives, it is born

    Sally was four when her baby brother arrived.

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

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

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