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bring (someone or something) to life

1. Literally, to revive one who has lost consciousness. After Lily fainted, we used smelling salts to bring her to life.
2. By extension, to energize someone, especially after a period of inactivity or lethargy. A: "OK, schedule Tuesday's meeting, get John on the phone, and then come in my office so we can all discuss that big project." B: "Wow, that cup of coffee really brought you to life!"
3. To revitalize something that has become dull or stale. The new CEO's creative approach really brought that failing company to life.
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bring someone or something to life

Fig. to give vigor or vitality to someone or something; to reactivate someone or something. (See also bring something back to life.) A little singing and dancing would have brought the play to life. Some coffee will bring you to life.
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bring to life

Enliven or energize a person or thing. For example, The promise of a big part in the play brought Jane to life, or The author's changes really brought this screenplay to life. [c. 1300] Also see come to life.
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bring somebody/something to ˈlife

make somebody/something more lively, interesting or attractive: It was only her performance that brought the movie to life.If you put a couple of pictures on the wall it might bring the room to life a bit.

bring to life

1. To cause to regain consciousness.
2. To put spirit into; animate.
3. To make lifelike.
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Re-enactors vividly brought to life the middle ages for visitors with cookery, crafts, music, archery and sword flights.
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The carefully indicated shifts and slides give the performer or student a fascinating window on Kreisler's playing, and on how this late romantic style is brought to life on the instrument.
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Even now, it is awe-inspiring and extremely moving, but to the late fifteenth century largely illiterate congregation, it must have seemed miraculous -- the Gospels brought to life, with they themselves as actors in the stories.
Chaon's characters, however, are brought to life with a compassion and understanding that allows the reader to step confidently into their worlds without the usual and expected ennui of a fractured postmodern sensibility.
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The goal, he says, is "that the personality and artistic vision of these men may be brought to life again."
The unity between black women is brought to life through Slim Lambright's well-written and intricately--woven debut novel.
Since the puppet is an inanimate object brought to life, the artists must dance--they must move in such a way as to express the life energy of the characters: human, rock, wind, or water."
If this is criticism brought to life, it is also Aristotelianism of a high order for the 1990s.
They brought to life a man I never knew--and the young girl at the core of the old lady I never knew well enough.
Through the expertise of forensic and information specialists, they are brought to life in the present either as bronze busts that approximate what they would be like today had they survived, or through fragmentary evidence of their remains.