Share this entry

Share this page

bring (or come) to life

Definition of bring or come to life in English:

1Regain or cause to regain consciousness or return as if from death: all this was of great interest to her, as if she were coming to life after a long sleep
More example sentences
  • He died and came to life again and hence conquered death.
1.1(With reference to a fictional character or inanimate object) cause or seem to be alive or real: he brings the character of MacDonald to life with power and precision all the puppets came to life again
More example sentences
  • Children relate to puppets from their earliest years as they are used to making inanimate characters come to life.
  • Even better were the real life characters brought to life by the cast of players who were involved every week.
  • He had a supernatural presence, almost like a fictional character come to life.
1.2Make or become active, lively, or interesting: soon, with the return of the peasants and fishermen, the village comes to life again you can bring any room to life with these coordinating cushions
More example sentences
  • It never ceased to amaze him how she could make a long reading assignment come to life and be interesting.
  • The village of Gorthganny came to life with the sound of traditional music, song & dance recently.
  • Houses have stories to tell, and it's only in the hands of a good guide that the anecdote-laden rooms truly come to life.
Synonyms
become active, come alive, wake up, awaken, arouse, rouse, stir
literary waken
See parent entry: life

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…