Meaning of “They Have Arrived”
Saying that someone has arrived could have several meanings depending on the context. The same phrase can be used in two different sentences and mean two entirely different things.
Take these two examples; “They have arrived in Illinois”, and ‘They always feel as if they have arrived’. In these two sentences the phrase, “they have arrived” means two separate things.
In the first sentence, it means that they have reached a particular destination, while in the second sentence, it means they feel as if they have achieved a great feat.
There are two meanings to the phrase, ” they have arrived” It could mean;
- To have come to a certain place during or after a journey. For example, you can say: After a long stressful journey, they have arrived at the international airport.
- To have achieved success and become famous; They have arrived could also be used to mean to have achieved success. For example; They feel so proud because they have finally arrived.
- According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it could mean one who has risen rapidly to success, power, or fame.
- To reach a destination. For example; They have arrived at the boarding school.
Therefore the meaning you choose depends on the context in which it is used.
15 Other Ways to Say, ‘They Have Arrived’.
Rather than saying that “they have arrived”, there are several other ways to say it. Here, we will see other ways to say it, considering the two different meanings of it.
- They have Landed
- They have come
- They have gotten through
- They have reached
- They have touched down
- They have pulled in
- They have dropped anchor
- They have succeeded
- They have made it.
- They have gotten in
- They have appeared
- They have shown up
- They have triumphed
- They have turned up
- They have entered
They have landed
To land means to cause (an airplane, helicopter, etc.) to return to the ground or another surface after a flight. It means to reach or come to rest in a particular place.
This can be used in place of to arrive if you mean to come to a certain place. However, this can only be used in place of arrival when referring to an aircraft coming back to land. You can’t say, the ship has landed at the dock, or the trailer landed at his home.
- They have arrived at Cotonou after a tiring journey.
- They have landed at Cotonou after a tiring journey.
“They have come”
This is another way of saying that they have arrived. To come means a whole lot of things, one of which is to arrive at a particular place, end, result, or conclusion.
The more beautiful thing about this substitution is that unlike the use of “landed”, this can be used more freely, and independently.
However, this is better applicable when talking about the arrival of a living thing, although it is not unusual to hear people say, ” they have come” when referring to a non-living thing, such as a container of goods.
- Although he welcomed them warmly, they arrived at the wrong time.
- Although he welcomed them warmly, they came at the wrong time
“They have gotten through”
The word “get through ” is synonymous with “to arrive”, therefore it can easily be used in place of arrival.
Arrive and get through have almost the same meaning. To get through means to, reach a desired destination or to gain a desired outcome.
However, to get through has another meaning that cannot be used contextually in any way in place of arrival- in which case it means to complete a communication connection.
- They arrived at the gate of the school, just before 7:30 when it would have been too late.
- They got through to the gate of the school, just before 7:30, when it would have been too late.
“They have reached”
This is one of the most convenient replacements or substitutes for arrival. Because to arrive itself means to reach a particular destination.
Also to reach means to, arrive at (a place you’ve been traveling to). What better word can you therefore use in place of arrive if not “reach”
- Two years after they arrived at the peak of their careers, they got sacked for no valid reason.
- Two years after they reached the peak of their careers, they got sacked for no valid reason.
“They have touched down”
This is another replaceable way of saying to have arrived. However, just like land, this can only be used when referring to an aircraft. To touch down is for an aircraft or spacecraft that touches the ground at the end of a flight.
The aircraft or spaceship touches the ground when it wants to land or when it has reached or arrived at a particular location.
Just like landed and other examples listed thus far, it cannot be used when you want to imply that you have successes but rather only when you want to say that you have arrived at a destination.
- They arrived at the airport a few minutes before the bomb exploded.
- They touched down, a few minutes before the bomb exploded.
“They have pulled in”
This Is another subtle substitute you can use instead of saying arrive. But you have to be careful while using it because you cannot interchange it as freely as the other words will arrive.
To pull in means to check, restrain, or arrest. Thus cannot imply the same as arrive, however, it has another meaning which is, to arrive at a destination or come to a stop, which meaning can then be used in place of arrive.
- They arrived while he was about to go out.
- They pulled in while he was about to go out.
“They have dropped anchor”
This can be used in place of “arrived”, but only when referring to a ship, shipment, or generally any sea-going vessel.
An anchor is used to keep a ship from moving either during a sea voyage or when it reaches the dock. So it figuratively means to arrive at a location or a particular place.
For example, you can say;
- They dropped anchor just when the Emperor was about to ban the transport of metallic products.
- They arrived just when the Emperor was about to ban the transport of metallic products.
“They have succeeded”
Thus far we have been giving substitutes when you want to imply that you have reached a particular location or when you have a destination after a journey.
This time, you cannot use success when reaching a destination, but we use this when you want to communicate that they have become successful, famous, or have achieved something great.
To succeed means the act of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame. It also means the correct or desired result of an attempt.
- After years of climbing the corporate ladder, he felt he had arrived.
- After years of climbing the corporate ladder, he felt he had success.
“They have made it”
Just like saying they have succeeded, this can only be used as a replacement for arrival, only when you mean to say that Someone has risen to success, power, or fame.
Although, to make might not mean directly that someone has succeeded, however, figuratively, it could mean so, as it can mean to be assured of success.
To be made, therefore, could imply to be successful.
- They have arrived, they have made it.
- Just because they won a lottery they feel as if they have arrived.
- Just because they won a lottery, they feel as If they have made it.
“They have gotten in”
To get in means to succeed in coming or going. To reach or enter into a certain condition. To succeed in becoming, or to acquire.
They should however be used wisely while trying to substitute for arrival, as they cannot be freely used interchangeably.
For example, you can’t say,
- They have arrived at the harbor. And interchange it as,
- They have gotten in at the Harbour, but you can say;
- They arrived just in time for the introductory speech to be given by her.
- They got in just in time for the introductory speech to be given by her.
“They have appeared”
This is another good synonym you can use when you arrive. To appear means to show up or to come into public view. Although the meaning might not directly correlate with that of arrive it can wisely be used interchangeably with arrive.
For example, you can say;
- They arrived three hours later than they should have.
- They appeared three hours later than they should have. But you cannot say;
- After they won the lottery, they felt as if they had arrived.
- After they won the lottery, they felt as if they had appeared.
“They have shown up”
Just like to appear, to show up can be used interchangeably with appear. It is another beautiful synonym for appearance.
To show up means to expose or discredit especially by comparison. However, if it is used as an intransitive verb, it could mean to arrive or appear.
So even if showing up doesn’t directly mean the same thing as arriving, it can be used interchangeably when you want to refer to reaching a destination.
For example, you can say;
- They arrived at the church just before they were about to share the grace.
- They showed up at the church just before they were about to share the grace.
“They have triumphed”
This is another word you have to use carefully when interchanging it with arrival. In this context, it won’t mean to reach a destination, rather it would mean to succeed.
Triumph is a joyful feeling that comes with victory or success. Or, it could mean, a great success or achievement. Therefore, to say they have triumphed, means that they have achieved great success or achievement.
It can be used interchangeably in contexts such as;
- After they received a standing ovation due to their exceptional performance, they felt as if they had arrived.
- After they received a standing ovation due to their exceptional performance, they felt as if they had triumphed.
“They have turned up”
To turn up means to appear or come to light unexpectedly or after being lost, it means to appear, to arrive, or show up at an appointed time or place.
It is a synonym of show up, and from the definition above, you will agree that if used rightly, it can be used in place of arrival.
However, just like show up, appear, and most of the examples listed above, it can only be used interchangeably when meaning to reach a particular destination.
- They have arrived just in time for their presentation.
- They have shown up just in time for their presentation.
“They have entered”
To enter means to come in. Although it is not a synonym for arrival, it can be used in place of arrival when you want to imply that something or someone got to or reached a particular place.
This is because to enter a place you must have first arrived at that place. This is the basis on which we can use enter interchangeably with arrive.
For example, you can say that;
- They arrived when he was about to storm out in anger.
- They entered when he was about to storm out in anger.
It can be seen that to have arrived can mean a wide range of things from reaching a destination to making an appearance to being near in time or even achieving success.
We can also see that the words you can use interchangeably with it would have to depend on the structure and context in which you are speaking. Therefore interchange these words given above with arrive and use them carefully and wisely.