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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To reach a destination.
  • intransitive verb To come at length; take place.
  • intransitive verb To achieve success or recognition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Arrival.
  • To bring (a ship or its passengers) to shore; land.
  • To reach.
  • To come to; happen to.
  • To come to or reach a certain point in the course of travel: with at: as, we arrived at Havre-de-Grace.
  • To reach a point or stage by progressive advance; attain to a certain result or state: with at, formerly sometimes with to: as, to arrive at an unusual degree of excellence; to arrive at a conclusion.
  • To happen or occur: with to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Arrival.
  • transitive verb obsolete To bring to shore.
  • transitive verb Archaic To reach; to come to.
  • intransitive verb To come to the shore or bank. In present usage: To come in progress by water, or by traveling on land; to reach by water or by land; -- followed by at (formerly sometimes by to), also by in and from.
  • intransitive verb To reach a point by progressive motion; to gain or compass an object by effort, practice, study, inquiry, reasoning, or experiment.
  • intransitive verb or attain to.
  • intransitive verb To come; said of time.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To happen or occur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, copulative to reach
  • verb intransitive, copulative to get to a certain place
  • verb intransitive to obtain a level of success or fame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  • verb succeed in a big way; get to the top

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ariven, from Old French ariver, from Vulgar Latin *arrīpāre, to reach the shore : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin rīpa, shore.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French ariver, from Late Latin *arrīpare, from Latin ad + rīpa ("shore"). For the sense-derivation, compare land.

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