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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More comedy sets followed, and C.K. announced a comeback tour in October 2019 — largely not at the arenas he was accustomed to, but at theaters and clubs. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2021 Over the past four years, Biles has pursued a comeback amid a devastating string of revelations about the abuse that she and other gymnasts were subjected to by former national team physician Larry Nassar. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, 14 July 2021 Kevin Sweeney, a consultant to the campaign who ran Murkowski's comeback 2010 write-in bid, said Murkowski's focus is on her work in Washington. Becky Bohrer, Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 Wobbly recovery?:Is the economy's big comeback starting to fade? Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Pierre’s comeback and positive approach to his recovery has garnered him the Bill Buchalter Spirit Award for the 2020-21 school year. Chris Hays,, 14 July 2021 Hamels is eyeing a comeback after dealing with a number of injuries in 2020., 14 July 2021 Even in Los Angeles, a haven for cinephiles, the movie business’ comeback has been slow going for many of the area’s independent circuits, arthouses and revival cinemas. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 The lifelong Democrat also attempted a political comeback, losing a runoff to a Republican in a south Louisiana congressional race in 2014. Kevin Mcgill, Fox News, 12 July 2021

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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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17 Jul 2021

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“Comeback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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