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come alive

1. Literally, to become reanimated, as of a person or animal that has died. The patient did die on the table, but she came alive once we used the defibrillator.
2. By extension, to become energized, 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, you really came to life after that cup of coffee!" This team came out sleepwalking, but they've come alive in the second half.
3. To seem believable. Any ideas for how we can make this story come alive?
See also: alive, come

come alive

Also, come to life.
1. Become vigorous or lively. For example, It took some fast rhythms to make the dancers come alive, or As soon as he mentioned ice cream, the children came to life. The adjective alive has been used in the sense of "vivacious" since the 1700s. Also, the variant originally (late 1600s) meant "to recover from a faint or apparent death." [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
2. Appear real or believable, as in It's really hard to make this prose come to life. Also see look alive.
See also: alive, come

come aˈlive


1 (of a subject or an event) become interesting and exciting: The game came alive in the second half.
2 (of a place) become busy and full of activity: The city starts to come alive after dark.
3 (of a person) show interest in something and become excited about it: She came alive as she talked about her job.
See also: alive, come
References in classic literature ?
There was something in Wrench's manner that perplexed Lady Wetherby, something almost human, as if Wrench were on the point of coming alive. She did not guess it, but the explanation was that Bill, quite unwittingly, had impressed Wrench.
My mother was sitting by the fire, but poorly in health, and very low in spirits, looking at it through her tears, and desponding heavily about herself and the fatherless little stranger, who was already welcomed by some grosses of prophetic pins, in a drawer upstairs, to a world not at all excited on the subject of his arrival; my mother, I say, was sitting by the fire, that bright, windy March afternoon, very timid and sad, and very doubtful of ever coming alive out of the trial that was before her, when, lifting her eyes as she dried them, to the window opposite, she saw a strange lady coming up the garden.
Though officers in Islamabad know that the project has been on the agenda of M/o Railways for years, they still have not lost hope of its coming alive again.
Summary: A totally one-sided series seems to be coming alive with an improved performance by the ...
As civil rights activist Howard Thurman suggests, the world needs people who are coming alive. Waking up.
The sea and coast is now coming alive as fresh lobster, crab, spider crab and bass plus a host of other fish are landed.
Eva Tregidgo, community outreach adviser for the reserve, said: "The dunes are really coming alive at this time of year and we are seeing activity from some of our rarest residents, such as great crested newts, sand lizards and Natterjack toads." The event takes place tomorrow, Sunday and Monday from 10am-3pm.
The over-all sound of I'm Just Warming Up is fuller and warmer than Coming Alive.
No doubt many will look at the way the past is coming alive in modern fixtures and fittings and wonder why on earth all the originals were ever destroyed in the first place.
HELLO TO NATURE Nature again coming alive, Just waiting it was, for spring to arrive, The snowdrops told of our coldest days, They popping through the earth, being very brave, Now the sun is warming the earth, Giving to nature much of new birth, We can see the changes from day to day, Coming into the glorious month of May, Much to wonder at and there to see, Many now coming forward like the bumblebee, Hidden away for winter in its own bed, Asleep in that of its concept, not dead, Like a rebirth then for to emerge, Giving to nature one great big surge, These wonderful moments for us to take in, Our four seasons, much diversity to bring, So to nature one great big hello, We in Britain, her bounty again to know.
So can she really keep Spring from coming alive, or can the animals help Sister Spring awaken?
Everything is coming alive, there is joy in nature at last.
It was like history coming alive, and I advise everyone who loves racing to take a look.
Just as the earth is coming alive after winter, we can start afresh.'