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

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


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


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 last time Kenyan Drake was the featured back of an offense was his high school days at Hillgrove High, and those expecting Miami to put more on his plate this season might be setting themselves up for a letdown. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 2: Stock up, stock down and other observations," 26 July 2019 If this episode sounds like the setup to a salacious industry tell-all or rings of the workplace scandals involving Matt Lauer and Louis C.K., readers are doomed for a letdown. Pete Tosiello, Washington Post, "Karen Dukess’s ‘The Last Book Party’ is a postcard from another era," 10 July 2019 Despite Sunday’s letdown, Bowden dominated as the Yard Goats’ closer, converting all 20 of his save opportunities before being promoted to Albuquerque on June 20. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ pitching prospect Ben Bowden blows save in 2019 MLB all-star Futures Game," 7 July 2019 Despite considerable hype, the show was a letdown, and ended with a main event between The Undertaker and Bill Goldberg that the company would rather soon forget. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Undertaker-Goldberg Was the Nadir of an Eventful Weekend in Wrestling," 10 June 2019 Perhaps the biggest letdown of the Stadia pricing model, though, is that the games will only be sold à la carte, at prices comparable to those on other platforms (aside from a few Pro-tier freebies, starting with Destiny 2). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Despite “revolutionary” promises, Stadia’s biz model is pure establishment," 6 June 2019 The pairing might be considered a bit of a letdown to Maryland fans, given that the Terps have been picked in the top 10 by various early preseason polls, and as high as No. 4 by The Athletic. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland men's basketball to host Notre Dame in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge," 6 June 2019 At first glance, the big news coming out of this summer’s conference on the theory of computing appeared to be something of a letdown. Quanta Magazine, "A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation," 29 Sep. 2015 Unfortunately for Hong Kong, some of its biggest IPOs have been a big letdown for investors, notably in the tech sector. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "An Ugly Victory for Hong Kong in the IPO Derby," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of letdown


1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of letdown

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


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

Kids Definition of letdown


\ 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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a period when something is suspended

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