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

v reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

“She arrived home at 7 o'clock”
come, get
reach and board
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

v succeed in a big way; get to the top

“After he published his book, he had arrived
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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