letdown

noun
let·​down | \ ˈlet-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce letdown (audio) \

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
let down; letting down; lets down

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

The president has told senior aides that a failure to deliver on the signature promise of his 2016 campaign would be a letdown to his supporters and an embarrassing defeat. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump wants his border wall, and he wants it by Election Day," 28 Aug. 2019 The president has told senior aides that a failure to deliver on the signature promise of his 2016 campaign would be a letdown to his supporters and an embarrassing defeat. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump offers to pardon aides worried about wrongdoing in push for border wall, officials say," 28 Aug. 2019 Even in a walkover like this, a stat-padding party if ever there was one, there could be no letdown in focus and intensity. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Brian Kelly: More explosive plays needed if Notre Dame is to stay with powerful Georgia," 14 Sep. 2019 With Air Force looming, Colorado coach Mel Tucker knows there can’t be a letdown. oregonlive, "The night a supposedly overmatched Portland State team blew out Boise State: Issues & Answers," 11 Sep. 2019 In the past, U.S. players have talked about the difficulty to stay focused after winning a World Cup with all the media attention and endorsement opportunities, to say nothing of the natural letdown on the field that comes after winning a World Cup. SI.com, "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 The second-quarter letdown announced Wednesday comes after Netflix attracted nearly 10 million subscribers during the first three months of the year , more than any other quarter since the debut of its video streaming service 12 years ago. Washington Post, "Netflix’s 2Q dud rattles investors as competition heats up," 17 July 2019 Unfortunately, the Huskies have to face a frisky Hawaii team a week after a massive letdown. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "Can Maryland and Penn State preserve their ranked matchup? Most intriguing college football questions for Week 3," 13 Sep. 2019 Helton understood that, in the wake of a potentially season-defining victory and with a road trip to Brigham Young ahead, his Trojans were now especially prone to a letdown. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Clay Helton and USC wary of trap game against BYU after big win over Stanford," 13 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce letdown (audio) \

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 How to pronounce let down (audio) \

Medical Definition of let down (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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