come·​down | \ˈkəm-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of comedown 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a descent in rank or dignity

come 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


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


let's wait and see what comes down at the meeting
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 That is a sharp comedown from expectations earlier this year of a $100 billion valuation and is also less the $65 billion to $85 billion that several brokerage analysts had estimated Xiaomi to be worth. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Xiaomi Prices Hong Kong IPO at Bottom of Target Range," 29 June 2018 Misty’s new record is whatever comes after catharsis—comedown, sobriety, the cold light of dawn. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Let Father John Misty Explain Your Boyfriend To You," 20 Apr. 2018 But this is quite a comedown for an asset class once touted as an elegant, almost automatic, way to return struggling banks to health. The Economist, "Coco bonds have not lived up to their promise," 19 Apr. 2018 Over the past year, the comedown for China’s insurance industry has been rough. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Fired Chinese Insurance Regulator Charged With Bribery, Abuse of Power," 16 Apr. 2018 The rest of you will wonder if reaching those heights is worth the comedown. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Paul Daugherty column on March Madness: For UC, XU the worst days are gone.," 19 Mar. 2018 If 1989 marked the peak of Swift’s imperial phase, the comedown has been more polarizing -- but every bit as fascinating. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 'Delicate' Video Dances Away Her Regrets: Critic's Take," 12 Mar. 2018 Also, after brutalizing hated rival Dallas 26-3 for the NFC title, Washington fought ecstasy comedown for the Super Bowl. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 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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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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