comeback

noun
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— Howard Mandel

come back

verb

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

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

Fizzle rocks, the party drug that Hiram, Alice & co. were on back in their Midnight Club days, has made a major comeback in a nearby town, where Jughead and Archie wind up staying after several days on the road. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 Speaking to The Verge, Cadillac confirmed that the service was ending next month, but could make a comeback in the future. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Cadillac’s $1,800 a month car subscription service is shutting down — for now," 2 Nov. 2018 All photos courtesy of Aero Teardrops Teardrop trailers are making a comeback in the camper industry, praised for their compact size, easy towing capabilities, and small luxuries. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom teardrop trailer uses a rooftop tent to camp a family," 3 Oct. 2018 Now, an old fragrance is making a huge comeback in the form of a fan-favorite shampoo and conditioner. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Aveda's Best-Selling Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner Are Finally Back in Stock," 27 July 2018 PhillyVoice says the glowy little guys could be making a comeback in our area. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Local Dems oppose SCOTUS pick, school board hosts first public meeting | Morning Newsletter," 10 July 2018 Discontinued in 2009 due to its high cost, the iBot may be making a comeback in a partnership between Kamen and Toyota. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why Most Wheelchairs Can't Climb Stairs," 2 July 2018 Streetcars have made a comeback in U.S. cities in the last decade, but are controversial. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento asked Trump for $100 million for streetcar. It's still waiting.," 24 June 2018 Red meat got a bad rap for a while, but it's made a comeback in the last decade, thanks to the rise of low-carb diets, and research that shows that, in moderation, a burger or steak is nothing to worry about. Natasha Wolff, Town & Country, "The Best Mail-Order Beef and Butcher Shops Across America," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of comeback

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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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comeback

noun

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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