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verb com·fort \ˈkəm(p)-fərt\

Simple Definition of comfort

  • : to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to (someone)

Full Definition of comfort

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give strength and hope to :  cheer

  3. 2 :  to ease the grief or trouble of :  console

com·fort·ing·ly play \-fər-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of comfort

  1. Our family was comforted by the outpouring of support from the community.

  2. We can comfort ourselves with the thought that the worst is over.

Origin of comfort

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunforter, comforter, from Late Latin confortare to strengthen greatly, from Latin com- + fortis strong

First Known Use: 13th century



noun com·fort

Simple Definition of comfort

  • : a state or situation in which you are relaxed and do not have any physically unpleasant feelings caused by pain, heat, cold, etc.

  • : a state or feeling of being less worried, upset, frightened, etc., during a time of trouble or emotional pain

  • : a person or thing that makes someone feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc.

Full Definition of comfort

  1. 1 :  strengthening aid: a :  assistance, support <accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy> b :  consolation in time of trouble or worry :  solace

  2. 2 a :  a feeling of relief or encouragement b :  contented well-being <a life of ease and comfort>

  3. 3 :  a satisfying or enjoyable experience

  4. 4 :  one that gives or brings comfort <all the comforts of home>

com·fort·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of comfort

  1. These boots provide warmth and comfort in the coldest temperatures.

  2. The car's seats are designed for comfort.

  3. The suites combine comfort with convenience.

  4. The drug gave some comfort to the patient.

  5. I found a cozy chair where I could read in comfort.

  6. He turned to her for comfort and support when he lost his job.

  7. They were great comforts to each other during that difficult time.

13th Century

First Known Use of comfort

13th century

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