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 Gray broke Indiana's press, setting up Brittney Sykes for a basket on LA's next possession, ending the Fever's comeback threat. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever show fight in fourth quarter, fall to Los Angeles Sparks 86-75," 6 Aug. 2020 That’s where home gardeners come in; this past spring, victory gardens made a comeback as many people across the country planted their first veggie gardens as an alternative source of food during the pandemic. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Donate Produce from Your Garden to a Local Food Pantry," 5 Aug. 2020 Goldman Sachs predicts that the US dollar will weaken another 5% during the next 12 months, in part due to a stronger economic comeback from Covid-19 outside the United States. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Gold price rockets past $2,000 per ounce and it could keep going," 5 Aug. 2020 Try an animal print, which made a huge comeback last year and is still going strong, as evidenced by this totally eye-catching Barefoot Dreams CozyChic leopard cardigan, originally $134 and on sale for $79.90 during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "This cardigan has more than 3,000 reviews on Nordstrom—and it's on sale," 4 Aug. 2020 Louisiana and New York have long been the top states for per capita infections, but as New York’s cases have largely plateaued in recent weeks, the virus has made a strong comeback in Louisiana. USA Today, "Louisiana: The rare case of a state ravaged twice by COVID-19," 1 Aug. 2020 Drive-in movie theaters have made a comeback, but that's not all. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, "Photo essay: The drive-in sees a resurgence throughout the world," 1 Aug. 2020 The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Trump to resume 'Make America Great Again' campaign rallies this month," 8 June 2020 The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden meets with George Floyd's family," 8 June 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Comeback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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