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

Synonyms for comeback

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But people here haven't always had air conditioning, and an ancient Arabic architectural cooling technique has made a comeback — with a modern twist. Angela Dewan, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 But as lockdown restrictions lifted, in-person events have made an impressive comeback. Mimi Flanders, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Don’t Let This Flop, the American Girl dolls have made a splashy comeback. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 30 July 2022 With a virtual residency in London, and a best-selling new album release in 2021, Voyage, the Swedish pop superstars made a mighty comeback, without ever leaving us. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 27 July 2022 Sheree Whitfield recently made a comeback on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 26 July 2022 On Wednesday, during the broadcast of the ESPYS, the infamous Durant joke made a comeback in a pretty hilarious way. Mark Heim |, al, 20 July 2022 Phylogeny made a comeback in the seventies and eighties, after the German entomologist Willi Hennig developed more rigorous criteria for identifying common ancestry and drawing evolutionary trees. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 Small performances have made a comeback in the country recently, particularly in and around Damascus. Omar Sanadiki, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Comeback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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