come to (1)

Meaning: to regain consciousness after an accident or an operation

Synonym: come round

For example:

  • come to The doctor said the operation went well and my wife would be coming to shortly.

  • come to He was knocked out cold by the other boxer, but when we held some smelling salts under his nose, he soon came to.

Quick Quiz:

It took Martha a few minutes to come to after she'd

a. paid for her Gucci handbag

b. fainted from heatstroke

c. watched American Idol

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