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.
to come to a place after traveling; reach.
to attain the objective in a course or process:
to arrive at a conclusion.
a person who has swiftly gained wealth, status, success, or fame.
That moment is beyond the reach of legislation, or of any punishment that arrives after the fact.
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An early example comes when the ubiquitous protagonist Robert Langdon arrives in Washington by private jet.
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And as soon as he arrives, two servers at the restaurant immediately home in on him, asking for a picture.
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After studying the bestseller lists, Pete arrives at his own solution: The Tornado Ashes Club.
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Sewall notes in his diary, under this same date of Aug. 15, “Cary arrives who had been pillaged by the Pirats.”
Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Various
Monday Night: I am writing in my tent, which is to be shared with Anthony when he arrives.
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The head-clerk always unlocks the letter-box, and brings the letters into Mr. Jones when he arrives.’
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It can do nothing against Him, it is only by His grace that it arrives at the truth.
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Should a knight haply descend from the clouds and settle on the correct square it arrives more by luck than judgment.
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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+)
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 […]
the conduct or condition of an arriviste.
noun unscrupulous ambition
a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem. Historical Examples In it there is as much enthusiasm as serious purpose, as much of the essence of youth as of the arriviste. Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright noun a person […]