comeback

noun come·back \ ˈkəm-ˌbak \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of comeback

1 a :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

Examples of comeback in a Sentence

  1. The species was nearly extinct but is now making a comeback.

  2. Short skirts were out of fashion for many years, but now they're making a comeback.

  3. The team was trailing after the first half, but they made a comeback and won in the second half.

  4. The team mounted a comeback in the second half of the season.

First Known Use of comeback

1889


come back

verb

Definition of come back

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
4 a :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

Examples of come back in a Sentence

  1. she's slowly coming back after being in a coma

  2. the American bald eagle was once nearly extinct but has come back strong

First Known Use of come back

1860


COMEBACK Defined for English Language Learners

comeback

noun

Definition of comeback for English Language Learners

  • : 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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