to come to a certain point in the course of travel; reach one’s destination:
He finally arrived in Rome.
to come to be near or present in time:
The moment to act has arrived.
to attain a position of success, power, achievement, fame, or the like:
After years of hard work, she has finally arrived in her field.
Archaic. to happen:
It arrived that the master had already departed.
Obsolete. to reach; come to.
arrive at,

to come to a place after traveling; reach.
to attain the objective in a course or process:
to arrive at a conclusion.

Contemporary Examples

It was 2006, and she was arriving for an appearance on The Late Show.
Face It—We Rubes Will Never Live Like Gwyneth and Jennifer Aniston Rachel Bertsche July 1, 2014

It is a city on the sea, open to the outsider, willing to do a deal with the one arriving from distant shores.
Mumbai’s Stoic Courage Salil Tripathi July 13, 2011

Lyall subsequently moved back to his native New Zealand, arriving in time for the big earthquake.
Big Bird’s Big Gay Love Story: From Birth to the 2012 Presidential Race Michael Daly October 9, 2012

arriving in Washington, Bachmann hired three full-time press secretaries to transform her into a national media star.
The Hate Monger of Minnesota Max Blumenthal October 27, 2008

In fact, civilians are arriving in Afghanistan at a steady pace, given the difficulties of recruitment and security.
Do or Die in Afghanistan Leslie H. Gelb August 5, 2009

Historical Examples

Why should we not, on arriving at the Soul, stop there, and consider her the first principle?
Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1 Plotinos (Plotinus)

arriving in Boston on October 18, he lost no time in renting a studio.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

His greatest anxiety, on arriving in any country, is to quit it.
A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

arriving there in due course, he alighted and pursued his way on foot.
Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens

arriving at Delta, Mr. Malcom drove directly to the railroad station.
Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt

verb (intransitive)
to come to a certain place during or after a journey; reach a destination
(foll by at) to agree upon; reach: to arrive at a decision
to occur eventually: the moment arrived when pretence was useless
(informal) (of a baby) to be born
(informal) to attain success or gain recognition

c.1200, “reach land, reach the end of a journey by sea,” from Anglo-French ariver, Old French ariver (11c.) “to come to land,” from Vulgar Latin *arripare “to touch the shore,” from Latin ad ripam “to the shore,” from ad “to” (see ad-) + ripa “shore” (see riparian). The original notion is of coming ashore after a long voyage. Of journeys other than by sea, from late 14c. Sense of “to come to a position or state of mind” is from late 14c. Related: Arrived; arriving.


To successfully establish one’s position or reputation (1880s+)


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