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

repartee, retort, riposte

Synonyms: Verb

convalesce, gain, heal, mend, pull round [chiefly British], rally, recoup, recover, recuperate, snap back

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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

However, progress has stalled and more recent data suggests that malaria is making a comeback, with 219 million cases in 2017, compared with 217 million in 2016. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Can the world eradicate another disease?," 8 Sep. 2019 Williams, who was also complimentary of Andreescu’s game and mentality, has shown remarkable drive and resilience in her comeback to the tour after giving birth to a daughter, Olympia, in September 2017. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Bianca Andreescu Wins the U.S. Open, Defeating Serena Williams," 7 Sep. 2019 In 1986, Harper attempted a sitcom comeback with the NBC series Valerie, but was removed from the title role after the second season because of a contract dispute with Lorimar-Telepictures. Lynette Rice,, "Valerie Harper, Rhoda and Mary Tyler Moore Show star, dies at 80," 30 Aug. 2019 Lawrence registered 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and one pass broken up in New Orleans' four preseason games in his comeback last year. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Devaroe Lawrence making plays in bid for Browns’ roster spot," 28 Aug. 2019 This is the first time Seventeen is making a full comeback with a standalone digital single. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Seventeen Reveal First Details of 'Liberating' Third Full-Length Album, Growing Bond With Overseas Fans," 22 Aug. 2019 Each had 34 fourth-quarter comebacks, with Manning holding a 45-38 edge in game-winning drives. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "100 greatest Colts of all-time: Who's No. 1, Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning?," 19 Aug. 2019 After an eight year hiatus, the HTC Wildfire brand is making a comeback with the HTC Wildfire X, a new device for the Indian market. Jon Porter, The Verge, "The HTC Wildfire is back, and HTC has almost nothing to do with it," 14 Aug. 2019 In parts of four seasons with the Cavs, Lue went 128-83 and – behind LeBron James – the team went to the NBA Finals from 2016-2018, winning that first appearance in their stunning 3-1 comeback against the Golden State Warriors. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "Reports: Ty Lue joining Clippers' coaching staff as Doc Rivers' top assistant," 13 Aug. 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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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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