letdown

noun
let·​down | \ ˈlet-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of letdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : discouragement, disappointment his latest novel is a letdown
b : a slackening of effort : relaxation
2 : the descent of an aircraft or spacecraft to the point at which a landing approach is begun
3 : a physiological response of a lactating mammal to suckling and allied stimuli whereby previously secreted milk from the acini is expelled into ducts and drawn through the nipple

let down

verb

Definition of let down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to allow to descend gradually
2a : to fail to support felt her parents had let her down
b : disappoint the plot lets you down at the end afraid of letting his father down

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Synonyms & Antonyms for letdown

Synonyms: Noun

disappointment, dismay, dissatisfaction, frustration

Synonyms: Verb

cheat, disappoint, dissatisfy, fail

Antonyms: Noun

content, contentedness, contentment, gratification, satisfaction

Antonyms: Verb

content, gratify, satisfy

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Examples of letdown in a Sentence

Noun

the museum exhibit was just so-so, and we returned home with a vague sense of letdown the eagerly anticipated new movie starring our favorite actor turned out to be a big letdown

Verb

with my poor performance I really felt that I had let my teammates down
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the plan to halve one of the biggest proposed economic developments in years could also be viewed as a letdown for the 20 locales that Amazon chose as finalists earlier this year. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities," 5 Nov. 2018 The Cougars cannot afford any letdown against a very good Stanford team, which not only got an extra couple of days rest having played Thursday the week before, but will also have the crowd on its side. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "No. 14 WSU football at No. 24 Stanford: What to watch for — and a prediction," 26 Oct. 2018 So among the 21 backs chosen in rounds 2 through 5, five were unbridled successes, two didn’t disappoint and the remaining 14 were huge letdowns. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Draft RB or WR in the First Round? That Question Is Far From Simple for Fantasy Football Owners," 2 July 2018 He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift (Kind of) Came Out of Hiding to Praise BFF Ed Sheeran," 20 Apr. 2017 Perhaps that's why the final scene revealing The Grail's big plan to take down Jesse once and for all feels like a bit of a letdown. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018 And when dusk arrived and English tennis fans could finally turn their undivided attention to the denouement of England’s World Cup letdown against Croatia, only Nadal was still in the tournament. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 Before Wednesday’s 119-105 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies that improved the 76ers’ record to 40-30, coach Brett Brown was asked about a potential letdown against a downtrodden team. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Sixers haven't been complacent against the NBA's lesser teams," 22 Mar. 2018 The Buckeyes host Maryland on Thursday night (7 p.m., ESPN2), and fans are worried about a letdown. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Kevin Feder will transfer from Ohio State after the spring: Buckeyes football news," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of letdown

Noun

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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letdown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of letdown

: something that is not as good as it was expected to be

letdown

noun
let·​down | \ ˈlet-ˌdau̇n \

Kids Definition of letdown

letdown

noun
\ ˈlet-ˌdau̇n\

Medical Definition of letdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a physiological response of a lactating mammal to suckling and allied stimuli whereby increased intramammary pressure forces previously secreted milk from the acini and finer tubules into the main collecting ducts from where it can be drawn through the nipple

let down

transitive verb
\ -ˈdau̇n \

Medical Definition of let down (Entry 2 of 2)

: to release (formed milk) within the mammary gland or udder

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