come·​down | \ ˈkəm-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce comedown (audio) \

Definition of comedown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a descent in rank or dignity

come down

came down; come down; coming down; comes down

Definition of come down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to lose or fall in estate or condition has come down in the world
2a : to pass by tradition a story that has come down from medieval times
b : to pass from a usually high source word came down that the strike was over
3 : to place oneself in opposition came down hard on gambling
4a : to deal with a subject directly when you come down to it, we all depend on others
b : to reduce itself : amount it comes down to this
5 : to become ill came down with measles
7 : go on, happen what's coming down

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Examples of comedown in a Sentence

Noun For a man who was once a very popular actor, working in a nightclub is quite a comedown. after a rapid rise to stardom, the rock band's comedown was just as quick Verb let's wait and see what comes down at the meeting
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is a sad comedown for the man who saved New York City and inspired the nation after September 11. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019 The sweeping layoffs capped off a remarkable comedown for the high-flying tech startup that ballooned to more than 12,000 employees as of June of this year, according to its IPO prospectus. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Inside WeWork's week from hell: How the mass layoffs went down," 22 Nov. 2019 And to be fair, most companies anywhere close to Alphabet’s more than $140 billion in annual revenue would be thrilled to grow at a rate that was a comedown for Alphabet. Washington Post, "Google Reminds Investors Rapid Growth Isn’t Guaranteed," 30 Apr. 2019 That’s quite a comedown from the stated goal of returning to the national semifinals after last year’s 30-3 Cotton Bowl loss to Clemson. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Where does Notre Dame football go from here? Fighting Irish search for accountability," 29 Oct. 2019 Still, even the company’s slightly raised forecast for 2019 revenue growth of as much as 62% would represent a comedown from last year, when Lyft’s revenue was doubling or more year-over-year. Washington Post, "Lyft Joins the Litter of Unicorn Disappointments," 8 Aug. 2019 The surrounding talent in Oakland is even more of a comedown. Michael Beller,, "Season of the Switch: How Will Top Fantasy Stars Fare With Their New Teams?," 1 July 2019 Infrastructure investment was just 1.6% higher in May than a year earlier, a big comedown from the previous double-digit norm. The Economist, "As growth slows, the spectre of local-government debt looms once more," 22 June 2019 Or maybe he was just embroiled in a particular brutal comedown., "Diego Maradona Film Review: A Story of Humanity, Deity, Icarus & Football," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of comedown


1840, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Comedown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comedown

: a situation in which a person falls to a lower level of importance, popularity, etc. : a fall in status or position
came down; coming down

Legal Definition of come down

: to be announced the decision came down from the Supreme Court

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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