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verb [intransitive] arrive pronunciation in British English /əˈraɪv/
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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.

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

      Reports are just arriving about the earthquake in Mexico.

  2. 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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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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