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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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 Any fear of a letdown has been erased as this year’s edition is meeting and exceeding the standard set last season. Evan Dudley, al, "10 takeaways from UAB’s 6-1 start," 22 Oct. 2019 The bar is so high for him that a superb season like this one (28 homers, 40 doubles, 133 runs, .911 OPS) feels like something of a letdown. BostonGlobe.com, "In the waning days, it’s a worthwhile exercise to take a look at the individual performances among the 2019 Red Sox players as we figure out who might be a part of this going forward, and more important, who should and shouldn’t be.," 25 Sep. 2019 But any hope of this second game being a letdown was lost when the Patriots signed Antonio Brown on Saturday. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 59-10 loss to Ravens," 8 Sep. 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. 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

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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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of letdown was in the 12th century

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letdown

noun
How to pronounce let down (audio)

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
\ -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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