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 comedown from last April, when Mars was much closer to Earth and appeared more than four times brighter. Joe Rao, Scientific American, "See the Moon and Mars Meet Up in Night Sky Saturday," 5 July 2014 Alibaba’s swift comedown has led investors to reassess the regulatory risks faced by Chinese internet companies. WSJ, "Alibaba Shares Tumble Again After Beijing Tightens Screws on Ant Group," 28 Dec. 2020 From Boeing to bailouts, the aviation industry had one of its worst years in 2020, a radical comedown after a run of profits right up to coronavirus lockdowns. NBC News, "2020 was brutal for airlines. Next year could be even trickier.," 28 Dec. 2020 Still, it's been quite a comedown over the past three decades for America's lettuce, introduced by seed purveyor W. Atlee Burpee & Co. in 1894. Justin Fox, Star Tribune, "Americans turn over a new leaf, in the produce aisle," 23 Oct. 2020 Normal life can be a comedown—especially during quarantine. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, "A Star of “The Boys” on Sending Up the Superhero Genre," 3 Oct. 2020 Full figures for Tuesday night’s event will be available later Wednesday, but the initial numbers suggest a comedown -- especially for broadcasters. Gerry Smith,, "Trump-Biden Debate Draws Fewer Viewers Than Clinton Matchup," 30 Sep. 2020 The pure abstraction and infinite possibilities of online existence still suit and excite me, and returning to material things and the obligations of creaturely existence can feel like a comedown. 1843, "The internet, mon amour," 19 June 2020 This cultural comedown is often framed, in distinctly druggy terms, as a form of punishment for the ecstasies that preceded it—like a long, blue Monday of the American spirit. John Semley, The New Republic, "Have a Good Trip Demystifies Psychedelics," 13 May 2020

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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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“Comedown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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

come down

intransitive verb
came down; coming down

Legal Definition of come down

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

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