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.



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.

Other Words from comfort


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfort

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wednesday’s report offers few signs that would give Fed officials comfort to dial back a more aggressive pace of rate increases this summer. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 11 May 2022 Members of Connie Dabate’s family, who packed the other side of the courtroom, reached out to comfort one another. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 Free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this Post Shave Balm sinks effectively into the skin to cool and comfort without any tacky residue. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 As for cartridge design, these ones have seven gel pools packed with aloe and panthenol to comfort the skin both before and after the five blades glide across it. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 These results are something that Moderna's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Burton believes should comfort parents who are worried about giving their young children the vaccine. CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 The responses from our panel include both quantitative scores and qualitative feedback, looking at all aspects from ease of ordering and set up, to comfort and support, to how well the mattresses have held up over time. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 Starting a war in Ukraine did little to comfort those who had fallen for Putin’s promises. Philip Elliott, Time, 20 Apr. 2022 Nelly wants to comfort her grieving parent, but Mom keeps pushing away. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To top it off, Domus will be able to heel at an angle of two degrees to reduce drag and improve speeds with maximum comfort and minimal rolling. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 May 2022 The pandemic was a stressful time for Americans, and interior design in 2022 are focusing on comfort and stress relief. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 13 May 2022 Our Hydra Boost Plus daily contact lenses are designed for optimum comfort and moisture, and are delivered to customers' doors within 48 hours, in compact, chic and recyclable packaging. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 13 May 2022 At one end is the modern, more familiar interpretation — where Dance Fever might mirror the Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever — as the singer deliriously ushers a return to the live music experience, her place of comfort and prowess. Bobby Olivier, SPIN, 12 May 2022 In Iowa, Freet said the passage of a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports has left her trans peers isolated, bullied and suffering, often without places to escape for comfort and support at school. Cady Stanton, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 Textile Director Lexie Sachs and Product Analyst Emma Seymour at the Good Housekeeping Institute gave Saatva's Classic Mattress top scores for comfort and overall sleep quality. Heath Owens, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Dogs also provide an unquestioning source of comfort and support, says James. Phil Boucher,, 9 May 2022 The comfort and confidence Ward has in his swing has forged a Zen-like approach in the box. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 See More

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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 comforten, conforten "to strengthen spiritually, inspire with courage, exort, cheer up, encourage, invigorate," borrowed from Anglo-French conforter, comforter, borrowed from Late Latin confortāre "to strengthen, restore strength to, invigorate, cure" (Medieval Latin also "to cheer, reassure"), from Latin con- con- + Late Latin -fortāre, verbal derivative of Latin fortis "strong, robust" — more at fort


Middle English comfort, counfort "invigoration, encouragement, assurance, feeling of relief, pleasure, gratification," borrowed from Anglo-French comfort, confort, cunfort "solace, encouragement, enjoyment, satisfaction," noun derivative of conforter, comforter "to strengthen, encourage, solace" — more at comfort entry 1

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More Definitions for comfort


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, Age 8



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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