com·​fort | \ˈkəm(p)-fərt \
comforted; comforting; comforts

Definition of comfort 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give strength and hope to : cheer comforted by the knowledge that the program will be fully funded

2 : to ease the grief or trouble of : console The mother comforted her crying child. The bereaved families of the victims were comforted by friends.



Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : strengthening aid:

a : assistance, support accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy

b : consolation in time of trouble or worry : solace He turned to her for comfort when he lost his job.

2a : a feeling of relief or encouragement It's a comfort to know that I can rely on you for help.

b : contented well-being a life of ease and comfort

3 : a satisfying or enjoyable experience Seeing her son again after so many years was a great comfort.

4 : one that gives or brings comfort all the comforts of home Her grandchildren were always a great comfort to her.

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Other Words from comfort


comfortingly \ ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb


comfortless \ ˈkəm(p)-​fərt-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfort

Synonyms: Verb

assure, cheer, console, reassure, solace, soothe

Synonyms: Noun

amenity, extra, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity

Antonyms: Verb

distress, torment, torture, trouble

Antonyms: Noun

basic, essential, fundamental, must, necessity, requirement

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Examples of comfort in a Sentence


Our family was comforted by the outpouring of support from the community. We can comfort ourselves with the thought that the worst is over.


These boots provide warmth and comfort in the coldest temperatures. The car's seats are designed for comfort. The suites combine comfort with convenience. The drug gave some comfort to the patient. I found a cozy chair where I could read in comfort. He turned to her for comfort and support when he lost his job. They were great comforts to each other during that difficult time.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For employees who are tired of tracking the boss’s antics via news alerts, this is a comforting development—sort of like borrowing a cardigan from Mr. Rogers or spreading mayonnaise on Melba toast. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018 And at this point, spotting her signature outfit is as comforting to me as catching a whiff of my favorite calming candle. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "Amy Poehler's Making It Overalls Are the Only Pure Thing Left in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 As patron of The Royal Marsden Hospital, known for treating childhood cancers, and Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children, she was often pictured comforting children and made a personal connection with many. Katie Frost, Harper's BAZAAR, "9 Reasons Princess Diana Was So Much More Than A Style Icon," 31 Aug. 2018 This snazzy electric one has a sleek design with a comforting roundness to not look too intimidating. The Cut, "27 Luxury Father’s Day Gifts for the Dad Who Has Everything," 14 June 2018 Blanca reigns over the show, whether competing with Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson) or comforting fashion designer Pray Tell (Billy Porter). Hal Boedeker,, "'Pose,' 'Dietland' offer strong heroines," 31 May 2018 Her interest in Zen Buddhism led her to comforting interpretations of the self. Susan Dunne,, "CT Poet To Share Her Beloved's Journey Through Alzheimer's At Sunken Garden Fest," 17 May 2018 Inspired by a patient, Operation Chemo Comfort, a nonprofit dedicated to proving comforting goods to ease the lives of those fighting cancer, began two years ago with a remarkable patient, Connie Seekins. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Operation Chemo Comfort seek additional items for cancer patients kits," 3 May 2018 Bevins, for one, was run ragged — called from home at all hours of the night, traveling to different cities for weeks on end, interviewing and comforting sobbing witnesses. Bob Sylva, sacbee, "1988: The desperate search for the East Area Rapist costs millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add to that the higher price tag of a plane ticket and people may feel entitled to lash out against people who infringe on their comfort. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes," 2 Nov. 2018 According to Rodgers, people need to make a choice between their own comfort and the life of one of the most stunning organisms in the history of the planet. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Humans And Deer Are Killing Earth's Largest Organism Together," 18 Oct. 2018 Some are celebrated for their classic comforts, while others rank for their state-of-the-art attractions: think indoor waterfalls, butterfly gardens, ice skating rinks, nap rooms, movie theaters, swimming pools, and more. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Most lightweight trailers come with kitchens, bathroom/shower combo, living rooms that transform into beds and plenty of storage for all your comforts of home. Fox News, "Tiny Trailers - Big Dreams," 7 Sep. 2018 My god comfort his family and friends, and may god continue to bless the United States of America. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 The episode also slyly suggests that while cultural differences do exist, black people, by virtue of being in a minority group in America, should understand white people as much as possible; their comfort and livelihood depend on it. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "When Black Performers Use Their ‘White Voice’," 10 July 2018 His acceptance of their relationship, his comfort with gay acquaintances in New York and his support of AIDS charities, including John’s, made Trump unusual among Republican presidential nominees. Amanda Svachula,, "What’s the deal with President Trump and Elton John?," 7 July 2018 The new Jetta will be ideal for ride-hailing entrepreneurs, young families and converts who will appreciate its comfort and long warranty. Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of comfort


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comfort


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

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English Language Learners Definition of comfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.


com·​fort | \ˈkəm-fərt \
comforted; comforting

Kids Definition of comfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to ease the grief or trouble of comfort the sick And deep down inside I am really a nice person, she comforted herself.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby



Kids Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : acts or words that bring relief from grief or trouble

2 : the feeling of being cheered

3 : something that makes a person comfortable the comforts of home

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an inexhaustible supply or amount

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