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 But the bar is low and people like a No Man’s Sky-style comeback story. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: A Divinity: Original Sin board game, rumors of a new Mass Effect, and more," 22 Nov. 2019 Gronkowski probably has one more comeback tease left in him before the deadline., "Sorry, something went wrong.," 20 Nov. 2019 The last two years those wins have required late-game comebacks by the Buckeyes’ offense. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Why is this Ohio State football game against Penn State different than 2017 and 2018?," 20 Nov. 2019 The next phase of Mandy Moore‘s music comeback: going on tour! Marcus Jones,, "Mandy Moore announces first music tour in more than a decade," 19 Nov. 2019 Auburn’s fourth-quarter comeback against No. 4 Georgia fell short, as the Tigers couldn’t erase a 21-point deficit in a 21-14 loss to the Bulldogs. Tom Green |, al, "What Gus Malzahn said about Auburn’s loss to Georgia," 17 Nov. 2019 But Leif Ericksen’s 3-yard scoring pass to Nick McGill just before halftime cut the Boxers’ lead to seven and began Whitworth’s comeback. oregonlive, "Wyatt Smith, Linfield Wildcats beat George Fox, get set for NCAA Division III playoffs: Oregon small colleges football roundup," 17 Nov. 2019 Tencent was supposed to hit the comeback trail this year after a nine-month freeze on game approvals gutted its most profitable business in 2018. Fortune, "The NBA Streaming Deal That Was Meant to Boost Tencent Is Now Dragging It Behind Arch Rival Alibaba," 12 Nov. 2019 Baraka hopes to ensure his city's comeback won't leave those who've always lived there behind. CBS News, "Audible brings jobs and hope to Newark, New Jersey: "They help me shape my future"," 9 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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The first known use of comeback was in 1860

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26 Nov 2019

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“Comeback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 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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