comfort

verb
com·​fort | \ ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
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.

comfort

noun

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

Verb

comfortingly \ ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce comfortingly (audio) \ adverb

Noun

comfortless \ ˈkəm(p)-​fərt-​ləs How to pronounce comfortless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfort

Synonyms: Verb

assure, cheer, console, reassure, solace, soothe

Synonyms: Noun

cheer, consolation, relief, solace

Antonyms: Verb

distress, torment, torture, trouble

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Examples of comfort in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

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

Merrill carved out a pantry and mudroom and added custom white oak cabinetry to give it a modern, comforting vibe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Behind closed doors, there's no reason to think that things are any different—Kate has reportedly been comforting Meghan during the new royal's family drama with sister Samantha and father Thomas Markle. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Every Photo of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle That Disproves Those Feud Rumors," 16 Feb. 2019 While many still turn to the funeral rites that have comforted generations, others, led by baby boomers, are taking a different approach than their parents and grandparents. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Free-Form Funeral," 2 Mar. 2019 Well, not much has changed, which is in some ways comforting and in some ways terrifying. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "'Howards End' star Hayley Atwell was drawn to the vitality of the story exploring class differences," 19 June 2018 Many fans took this as the two of them broke up and Joey was happy to have her dog there to comfort her. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Signs Jacob Elordi and Joey King Might Have Broken Up," 8 Jan. 2019 Which is to say, to use an old journalism bromide: Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Turn and face the change: Recode and Vox.com are partnering," 1 Nov. 2018 Over the past two decades, the Mission: Impossible film franchise has become the reliable, comforting home that’s always ready to shelter Tom Cruise. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "In Mission: Impossible - Fallout, being the good guy has serious consequences," 27 July 2018 Consulate officials tried to comfort them with snacks and toys. Ginger Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Zayn has been dealing with personal things for a while and Gigi has become a comfort blanket for him. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Reportedly Why Gigi Hadid Isn't Getting Back Together with Zayn Malik," 29 Mar. 2019 As our staff and the family prepare for Dr. Raman’s celebration of life, please join us in praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Amazing Race' Contestant Dr. Jim Raman Has Passed Away at 42," 15 Mar. 2019 Enjoy a family-style ham or turkey feast at Bob Evans or in the comfort of your home. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019 Glimmers of a familiar youthful glee surface while jumping away in the comfort of my own home—without witnesses. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "I Bought a $300 Trampoline for My Apartment, and I Have No Regrets," 9 Jan. 2019 Wildlife ranger Joseph Wachira comforts Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhinoceros, in his final moments. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Discover's Images of the Year 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Although Salt Lake City residents will miss out, this is a great opportunity for those living in rural areas to start growing their own plants in the comfort of their homes for personal medical use. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Three States Approved Legal Marijuana During Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 No matter where they're headed, all passengers get to travel in the utmost comfort. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Near the scene of the shooting, beyond the police tape, people could be seen crying and hugging one another in comfort. Fox News, "3 dead, 7 wounded after gunmen in New Orleans fire on crowd," 29 July 2018

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First Known Use of comfort

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comfort

Verb

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

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The first known use of comfort was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for comfort

comfort

verb

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)

comfort

noun

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.

comfort

verb
com·​fort | \ ˈkəm-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
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

comfort

noun

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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