comeback

noun
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— Howard Mandel

come back

verb

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 for comeback

Synonyms: Noun

repartee, retort, riposte

Synonyms: Verb

convalesce, gain, heal, mend, pull round [chiefly British], rally, recoup, recover, recuperate, snap back

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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

After all, trends from decades past are constantly making a comeback, but people seem pretty divided over whether that's actually a good thing. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Poll: Which '90s Home Trends Do You Wish Would Never Come Back?," 25 Oct. 2018 Cross your fingers, Grey’s Anatomy fans: Callie might make a comeback! Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Grey's Anatomy' Star Sara Ramirez Says She's Open to a Callie Return and Fans Are Freaking Out," 27 Sep. 2018 However, the Modern Family actress has proven herself time and time again to be the queen of comebacks. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariel Winter's Most Iconic Clapbacks of All Time," 29 Jan. 2019 So does Prada's inflatable front row seating mean our favorite '90s chairs are about to stage a comeback? Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prada's Show Guests Sat On Your Favorite '90s Chairs," 20 Sep. 2018 Tim Pawlenty -- who briefly ran for president in 2012 and had derided President Trump as ‘unhinged’ -- was denied in his effort to stage a political comeback and become Minnesota’s governor again in the race to replace Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A new home for House Power Rankings," 15 Aug. 2018 The company is on track to stage a comeback after years of retrenchment following its fatal blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "BP to Buy BHP Shale Assets for More Than $10 Billion," 27 July 2018 The heat and humidity will begin to stage a comeback Sunday afternoon with another heat wave shaping up for next week with readings once again climbing into the lower and middle 90s. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Heat exits amid strong storms, heavy rain," 5 July 2018 White’s fifth-inning grand slam extinguished any hope of a Wachusett comeback in the Division 1 state championship at Worcester State University on Saturday night. Mike Kotsopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, "Taunton softball wins D1 title with a grand finale," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of comeback

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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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comeback

noun

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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