come to

[come to] {v.} (stress on "to") 1. To wake up after losing consciousness; get the use of your senses back again after fainting or being knocked out.

She fainted in the store and found herself in the first aid room when she came to.

The boxer who was knocked out did not come to for five minutes.

The doctor gave her a pill and after she took it she didn't come to for two days.

Compare: BRING TO.

2. (stress on "come") To get enough familiarity or understanding to; learn to; grow to. - Used with an infinitive.

John was selfish at first, but he came to realize that other people counted, too.

During her years at the school, Mary came to know that road well.

3. To result in or change to; reach the point of; arrive at.

Mr. Smith lived to see his invention come to success.

Grandfather doesn't like the way young people act today; he says, "I don't know what the world is coming to."

4. To have something to do with; be in the field of; be about. - Usually used in the phrase "when it comes to".

Joe is not good in sports, but when it comes to arithmetic he's the best in the class.

The school has very good teachers, but when it comes to buildings, the school is poor.