come alive

  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 .

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Idioms and Phrases

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Example Sentences

Their logic: the sea-creature would come alive and drink up any remaining alcohol.

For a moment the past comes alive to me, or I come alive to the past.

Led by the Rose City Riveters support group, the fans make the stadium come alive every game.

When it is done well, the senses come alive in a new and captured form.

But the devilish details in expense reports are what makes it really come alive.

The dead would surely rise; the baby in the "best" room there would one day come alive.

If your monster, polypus-like, come alive again in the tail-part, you must fell that other head of him.

We heard Lynds' voice come alive suddenly through the crackling static.

When we are warmly gathered again into an important group, we begin to come alive.

It's a wonder you come alive enough to ride out this way at all!


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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