come·​back | \ˈkəm-ˌbak \

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


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 & Antonyms for comeback

Synonyms: Noun

answer, rejoinder, reply, response, retort, return

Synonyms: Verb

answer, rejoin, reply, respond, retort, return, riposte

Antonyms: Noun

inquiry, query, question

Antonyms: Verb

ask, inquire, question

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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

On that day, French defender Lilian Thuram redeemed himself from an early mistake by scoring both goals as the home nation secured a 2-1 comeback win. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 The Rams were just happy to be playing for the regional title after Wednesday’s comeback win over Mundelein. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday night, the Reds scored seven runs in the ninth inning for a comeback win against the Indians. The Enquirer,, "Check out the scorecard from last night's Reds vs. Indians game," 11 July 2018 Trailing early, goals from Sydney Leroux and Marta sealed a comeback win for Orlando. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni lauds team’s must-win mentality," 9 July 2018 On Thursday night, the Washington Nationals produced the most dazzling moment of the their season so far—the largest comeback win in franchise history. Emma Baccellieri,, "What Is Wrong With the Washington Nationals?," 6 July 2018 On July 3, the audience for Fox’s World Cup telecasts of Brazil’s win over Mexico and Belgium’s comeback win over Japan were higher than comparable tournament days in 2010 and 2014. Stephen Battaglio,, "Ratings are down, but Telemundo and Fox are making the best of a U.S.-free World Cup," 6 July 2018 The Indianapolis Indians' starting pitcher didn't even make it out of the third inning and the Indians still almost pulled off a comeback win. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Walk-off home run spoils Indianapolis Indians' comeback attempt," 30 June 2018 The Marlins rallied from a two-run deficit in the ninth inning on the way to a 5-4 comeback win. Craig Davis,, "Marlins Dan Straily, Don Mattingly suspended following beanball incident," 21 June 2018

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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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