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come·​down ˈkəm-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce comedown (audio)
: a descent in rank or dignity

come down

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came down; come down; coming down; comes down

intransitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Clerc also pointed to one of the more obvious impacts of the Red Sea crisis—the acceleration of ocean freight rates, which have continued their ascent since April after the post-Lunar New Year comedown. Glenn Taylor, Sourcing Journal, 2 July 2024 As an action-horror hybrid, however, Day One feels more like an ambitious indie than a summer studio movie, and its downbeat tone leaves an unexpectedly glum comedown. Damon Wise, Deadline, 27 June 2024
That’s going to make Wells the bank that people buy when rates come down. Jim Cramer, CNBC, 14 July 2024 Wright’s standing as a fourth-round draft pick will likely keep him safe, which means the final spot on the 53-man roster comes down to Wilson or Brooks if every back remains healthy through the exhibition season, which is unlikely because of the physicality that comes with playing that position. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for comedown 

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Word History

First Known Use


1840, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near comedown

come down


come down against

Cite this Entry

“Comedown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
come·​down ˈkəm-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce comedown (audio)
: a falling in status, position, or reputation

come down

2 of 2 verb
: to fall sick
came down with the flu

Legal Definition

come down

intransitive verb
came down; coming down
: to be announced
the decision came down from the Supreme Court
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