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: 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 Down the stretch of the fourth quarter, what prevented Denver from completing a comeback was the defense of Davis on Jokic, who got one shot blocked and clanked another jumper from close range with the outcome still in doubt. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Consider yourself lucky if you couldn’t watch telecast of Nikola Jokic and Nuggets coming up small in loss to Lakers," 3 Dec. 2019 Rodgers appeared to be finding his footing 13 months after leading the Packers to an improbable comeback win over the 49ers. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ rugged road starts with 37-8 romp of Packers," 24 Nov. 2019 Playing for the second consecutive day, the Dragons started the game flat and hit a dry spell midway through the second half and were unable to complete a comeback in back-to-back days., "Howard Community College Notebook: Women’s basketball wins fourth straight game," 21 Nov. 2019 With the Vikings trailing Greater Lowell, 35-14, heading into the final period, the junior rushed for two of his four touchdowns to help the Vikings complete the comeback, 36-35., "Mark Garside/Zach Goodwin/Quincy Palmer/Rory Conneely/Dan Sheehan, Catholic Memorial," 18 Nov. 2019 Some of his childhood friends are season ticket holders who made the drive up to Indianapolis to watch LouCity's dramatic comeback win in the conference final, including Hubbard's decision not to touch Hoppenot's game-tying shot. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "From Trinity to Louisville City FC, Chris Hubbard is out to help team win third USL title," 15 Nov. 2019 Senior midfielder Jackson Glenn scored in the second half of regulation to tie the game at 1-1, and the Knights completed the comeback in PKs. Pat Stoetzer,, "Boys Soccer: Century, Francis Scott Key each one win away from long-awaited state titles," 13 Nov. 2019 Youri Tielemans scored the winner in the 74th minute to complete a comeback, after Jamie Vardy had canceled out an opening goal for the visitors by former Leicester player Chris Wood. Mattias Karen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Spurs stumbles again; Chelsea, Leicester into top 4 in EPL," 19 Oct. 2019 Yet, the play failed, as did any chance of the Browns completing a comeback. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Were Baker Mayfield’s three interceptions on Sunday his fault? -- Film Review," 16 Oct. 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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10 Dec 2019

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“Comeback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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