To arrive is to come to a destination. When you arrive in Paris, the first thing you should do is go and buy a croissant.

The word arrive generally means to come to a physical destination, like a place. Make sure you arrive home on time for dinner! But it can also be less literal. You can arrive at a conclusion or a decision after much thought. You can also use arrive to mean "achieve great success," though for whatever reason, this specific usage tends to be in the past tense. If you serve champagne and caviar at a party, your snobby aunt might comment, "My dear, you’ve arrived!” In this case, arrive means to come to a place of great wealth or success.

Definitions of arrive
  1. verb
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
    “She arrived home at 7 o'clock”
    synonyms: come, get
    reach and board
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
    exit, get out, go out, leave
    move out of or depart from
    depart, leave, pull up stakes
    remove oneself from an association with or participation in
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    land, set down
    reach or come to rest
    drive in
    arrive by motorcar
    bring down, land, put down
    cause to come to the ground
    land, set ashore, shore
    arrive on shore
    roll up
    arrive in a vehicle: "He rolled up in a black Mercedes"
    come, come in
    be received
    attain, hit, reach
    reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    flood in
    arrive in great numbers
    draw in, get in, move in, pull in
    of trains; move into (a station)
    plump in
    arrive suddenly and unannounced
    alight, light, perch
    to come to rest, settle
    make a forced landing
    land on a beach
    land at or reach a port
    debark, disembark, set down
    go ashore
    touch down
    come or bring (a plane) to a landing
    fall short of (the runway) in a landing
    land on the underside without the landing gear
    crash land
    make an emergency landing
    max out
    reach a maximum
    break even
    attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
  2. verb
    succeed in a big way; get to the top
    “After he published his book, he had arrived
    synonyms: get in, go far, make it
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    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
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