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comfort

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verb com·fort \ˈkəm(p)-fərt\

Definition of comfort

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give strength and hope to :  cheer comforted by the knowledge that the program will be fully funded

  3. 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.

comfortingly

play \ˈkəm(p)-fər-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of comfort in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of comfort from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of comfort

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


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comfort

noun com·fort

Definition of comfort

  1. 1 :  strengthening aid:a :  assistance, support accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemyb :  consolation in time of trouble or worry :  solace He turned to her for comfort when he lost his job.

  2. 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. 3 :  a satisfying or enjoyable experience Seeing her son again after so many years was a great comfort.

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

comfortless

play \ˈkəm(p)-fərt-ləs\ adjective

Examples of comfort in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of comfort from the Web

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First Known Use of comfort

13th century



COMFORT Defined for English Language Learners

comfort

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verb

Definition of comfort for English Language Learners

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

comfort

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Definition of comfort for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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comfort

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verb com·fort \ˈkəm-fərt\

Definition of comfort for Students

comforted

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comforting

  1. :  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


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comfort

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noun com·fort

Definition of comfort for Students

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

  2. 2 :  the feeling of being cheered

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



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