Definition of letdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈletdoun/


1A disappointment or a feeling of disappointment: the election was a bit of a letdown
More example sentences
  • I think the team should be cautious of a let-down after such a disappointing seeding.
  • It's like having a conjuring trick explained, interesting and a bit of a let-down: there is no magic, you find, only great skill and infinite care.
  • It was a bit of a let-down that the game on the Saturday was called off because I was really up for that, but they have promised to watch me at the start of next season.
disappointment, anticlimax, comedown, nonevent, fiasco, setback, blow, disadvantage
informal washout
1.1A decrease in size, volume, or force: letdowns in sales have been frequent and widespread
2The release of milk in a nursing mother or lactating animal.
Example sentences
  • When the baby touches the breast a hormone called oxytocin is released, beginning a process known as milk let-down or ejection reflex.
  • It is known that oxytocin is important for milk let-down, but its physiologic release is pulsatile in nature.
3 Aeronautics The descent of an aircraft or spacecraft before landing.
Example sentences
  • The rest of the flight, except for the extremely gentle let-down, was normal.

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Syllabification: let·down

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