come·​back | \ ˈkəm-ˌbak How to pronounce comeback (audio) \

Definition of comeback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a sharp or witty reply : retort
b : a cause for complaint
2 : a return to a former position or condition (as of success or prosperity) : recovery, revival … staging his ultimate comeback from self-imposed exile in Belgium.— Howard Mandel These days, the cocktail—the true cocktail—is said to be making a comeback.— Frank H. Prial

come back

came back; come back; coming back; comes back

Definition of come back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to return to life or vitality
2 : to return to memory it's all coming back to me now
3 : reply, retort when questioned, he came back with a vehement denial
4a : to regain a former favorable condition or position
b : to recover from a deficit in a contest or competition … it was the first time in NHL history that a team was down by three goals inside the final five minutes and came back to win a game.— Mike Harrington

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of comeback in a Sentence

Noun The species was nearly extinct but is now making a comeback. Short skirts were out of fashion for many years, but now they're making a comeback. The team was trailing after the first half, but they made a comeback and won in the second half. The team mounted a comeback in the second half of the season. Verb she's slowly coming back after being in a coma the American bald eagle was once nearly extinct but has come back strong
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But despite the setbacks, the first-time restaurant owner is preparing for a comeback. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This Phoenix soul food restaurant won't be 'defeated.' Here's how it's making a comeback," 28 Apr. 2021 Having their negligence exposed may not deter the truth-twisting populist leaders inspired by Trump (who is already spoiling for a comeback). Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Covid-19 exposed populist leaders like Modi and Trump," 26 Apr. 2021 Only a few weeks ago, Phuket seemed poised for a comeback. New York Times, "Phuket Was Poised for Tourism Comeback. A Covid Surge Dashed Those Hopes.," 25 Apr. 2021 In the 2019 season, the Wolves won one game and lost nine, and players and coaches had hoped 2020 would be their chance for a comeback. Los Angeles Times, "The sawmill nearly took the arm of a high school football player. Now the young man looks forward," 23 Apr. 2021 The Mustangs defense kept Eastlake in check the last 1 1/2 quarters, providing a glimmer of hope for a comeback. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eastlake claims Metro Mesa title with win over Otay Ranch," 16 Apr. 2021 But consolidation among the largest players since the 2008 recession set the stage for a comeback., "Airline stocks may be ready for takeoff on hopes of post-pandemic travel rebound," 15 Apr. 2021 The show's cast and crew seem to be on board for Abigail's comeback. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Erin Krakow Opens Up About Lori Loughlin's Possible Return to 'When Calls the Heart'," 12 Apr. 2021 In search of a breakthrough victory on the road against Nikola Jokic and the surging Nuggets, the Spurs had to settle for a spirited comeback that fell one basket short. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' skid intact thanks to bad luck and bad bounces," 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of comeback


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1860, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of comeback was in 1860

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6 May 2021

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“Comeback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of comeback

: a return to a former good position or condition
: a return to being popular or fashionable
: a new effort to win or succeed after being close to defeat or failure

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