come·​down | \ ˈkəm-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce comedown (audio) \

Definition of comedown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a descent in rank or dignity

come down

came down; come down; coming down; comes down

Definition of come down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to lose or fall in estate or condition has come down in the world
2a : to pass by tradition a story that has come down from medieval times
b : to pass from a usually high source word came down that the strike was over
3 : to place oneself in opposition came down hard on gambling
4a : to deal with a subject directly when you come down to it, we all depend on others
b : to reduce itself : amount it comes down to this
5 : to become ill came down with measles
7 : go on, happen what's coming down

Examples of comedown in a Sentence

Noun For a man who was once a very popular actor, working in a nightclub is quite a comedown. after a rapid rise to stardom, the rock band's comedown was just as quick Verb let's wait and see what comes down at the meeting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s a comedown for the GOP from its lead of 7 points in February and 10 points last November -- the latter, the largest Republican midterm advantage in ABC/Post polls back 40 years. Bygary Langer, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2022 The comedown of a role like this was much harder than getting into him. Sasha Urban, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 That would be the company’s worst growth in five years and a sharp comedown from its recent record; Zynga’s net bookings have grown by 46% on average over the last 12 quarters. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 The pacing of the intervention episode was excruciatingly frenetic and unpredictable; Rue’s comedown anxiety was palpable. Raven Smith, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2022 The selloff represents a sharp comedown for the company, which as recently as November held investment-grade status with two of the world’s big credit-rating agencies. Frances Yoon, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Then comes the slow climax of kick iiii—a churn of shimmery, sometimes warm atmospheres—followed by a fragile comedown on kiCK iiiii. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2021 Even in non-Covid circumstances, this was always going to see a comedown. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 During the comedown from all that violence, Grandpa walks into the kitchen, grabs a root beer from the fridge, and chugs it down, completely ignoring that all the appliances and walls are coated in vampire blood. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of comedown


1840, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Comedown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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come down

intransitive verb
came down; coming down

Legal Definition of come down

: to be announced the decision came down from the Supreme Court


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