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

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

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


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.


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

When the city got safer in the early 2000s, samba made a comeback. Sarah Esther Maslin, 1843, "Rio is a riot in the early hours," 4 July 2019 Smith made a diving 35-yard touchdown catch during a comeback attempt that came up short at Lincoln Financial Field. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Deshaun Watson, receivers to hold informal throwing sessions," 2 July 2019 The inability to move around was what ended the comeback attempt of former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann, who suffered a double break exactly 33 years before Smith’s injury. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Ex-49ers QB Alex Smith, medical device still pinned into his damaged leg, plans for a football comeback," 21 June 2019 The Packers continued their comeback attempt in the sixth inning when sophomore Teyghan Hovland blasted a two-run homer over the left-field fence to cut the Cadets’ lead to one. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Class 3A state baseball: St. Thomas Academy beats Austin to move into title game," 14 June 2019 Tuesday’s vote also features a comeback attempt by one of Virginia’s most colorful politicians. Washington Post, "Feisty Virginia primaries closely watched for national trend," 11 June 2019 Tuesday's vote also features a comeback attempt by one of Virginia's most colorful politicians. CBS News, "Virginia holds primary election as political watchers look for 2020 trends," 11 June 2019 Texas Tech staved off a Michigan State comeback attempt to win the second NCAA men’s basketball semifinal game on Saturday night, 61-51. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Texas Tech and Virginia Head to NCAA Title Game," 7 Apr. 2019 The blues-rock musicians have dubbed their comeback performances the Group Therapy Tour. Jason Keil, azcentral, "Lots of smiles at reunited Hootie & the Blowfish concert — both onstage and off," 20 June 2019

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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