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 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 The coffee business looks fine right now, but the eventual comedown may be brutal. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why the Coffee Business Will Get Cold," 28 Dec. 2018 The effects lasted maybe an hour or so, with no comedown and no hangover. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "I Tried Kin, the New Non-Alcoholic Drink That Promises to Cut Stress and Produce Bliss," 5 Dec. 2018 What the Vatican considered a stunning comedown, many American Catholics saw as a soft landing. James Martin, WSJ, "The Missing Link in Sex-Abuse Reform," 20 May 2018 In the end there was nothing but the comedown from an evening of Rih. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "At Savage X Fenty’s Runway Show, All Women Are Goddesses," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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21 Oct 2019

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The first known use of comedown was in the 14th century

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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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