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 for comeback

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 Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is looking to make a comeback, despite the bitter end of his good relationship with President Donald Trump, who ultimately requested that Sessions resign from his AG position last November. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Jeff Sessions Expected To Announce Run For His Old Senate Seat," 7 Nov. 2019 And on to the seasonal drinks: Peppermint and toasted white chocolate mochas, and caramel brulée, chestnut praline and eggnog lattes all make a comeback this year. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Did Starbucks just replace “Christmas” with “coffee” on its new holiday cups?," 6 Nov. 2019 Hoechst, who made a comeback in 2016 and served on the City Council until 2018, served for a decade as president of the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce after a career with Orlando Health. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Tavares performing arts center defeated, Cathy Hoechst wins Mount Dora mayoral rematch," 6 Nov. 2019 After a few games away from the lineup to deal with the fallout of his angry clash with fans, Xhaka could make a comeback at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, which will give him the chance to get some minutes under his belt once more., "The Arsenal XI That Should Start Against Vitória in the Europa League," 5 Nov. 2019 Bella has always been a fan of the '90s, and one of its most popular shades, brown, has made a comeback of late, appearing on the runways as a major trend for clothing, shoes, and accessories. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "We Can't Get Enough of Bella Hadid's '90s Chocolate Brown Manicure," 5 Nov. 2019 Yet despite the historical skepticism, phage therapy is making a comeback. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Phage Therapy Could Beat Drug-Resistant Illnesses," 1 Nov. 2019 Stewart did make a comeback in the final minutes, though, to win the last round. Nick Romano,, "Kristen Stewart and Gaten Matarazzo face off in VR Pictionary on Jimmy Fallon," 1 Nov. 2019 In August, four European countries lost their measles-free status when the disease made a comeback after being eradicated years ago. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Measles wipe immune system's memory of other illnesses, studies find," 1 Nov. 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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12 Nov 2019

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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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