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 comfort (audio) \ adverb

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stephen Curry and Draymond Green also tried to comfort Wiseman with stories about how they were benched as rookies. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Warriors’ James Wiseman is leaving LaMelo hype, rookie setbacks behind him," 3 Apr. 2021 On March 12, the day Mercado was back with his teammates on the practice field, the first one to greet him was Miron, who placed both of his arms around Mercado to comfort him. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "The comeback: Anthony Mercado returns from crash and a coma," 1 Apr. 2021 Wanda says the only thing that would comfort her would be seeing Pietro again. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "WandaVision Recap: Big Trauma’s House," 26 Feb. 2021 So comfort yourself in knowing that if your Nyjer seed costs $3 a pound, but that’s still 50,000 seeds for $1! Outdoor Life, "Best Bird Seed: Draw the Birds You Want to Your Backyard," 26 Feb. 2021 When Upchurch’s baby did not survive, Penton was there to comfort him. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "‘He was doing what he loved’: Dallas Police officer killed in the line of duty celebrated at funeral," 22 Feb. 2021 Matt James arrives and realizes that his sweet little princess is upstairs pouting and wants to take five minutes to go comfort her again. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, "The Bachelor Recap: Ladies In Waiting," 19 Jan. 2021 After his speech, Arends placed his microphone on the desk, crossed his arms over his face, and sobbed breathlessly as another elector came to his side to comfort him. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, "Terminally ill Washington elector breaks down after casting Biden vote: ‘I was glad to do my duty’," 15 Dec. 2020 As a chaplain, McPhee has often been present to comfort a COVID patient as death arrived. Adelaide Chen, orlandosentinel.com, "For families of COVID-19 victims, pandemic year brought grief but not closure," 11 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Seat comfort is long-term comfy, and head and leg room are impressive front and rear. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 VW Arteon is a beautiful alternative to a world clogged with crossovers (review)," 10 Apr. 2021 Deuter Speed Lite 24 Pack: available at Backcountry and Amazon Get a light, minimalist design without sacrificing comfort in this unisex daypack, which offers adjustable fit and features like accessory loops and a large front stretch pocket. Laura Duerr, chicagotribune.com, "Which backpack is best for hikers?," 9 Apr. 2021 Communities should seize this opportunity to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance comfort, and bolster resilience to extreme weather. BostonGlobe.com, "Should cities and towns adopt the future net zero stretch energy code?," 9 Apr. 2021 Blu, Jewel and their three children leave the comfort of the city and travel to the Amazon jungle to learn how to live as wild birds. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 With Chase gone, and her world seeming so empty, comfort does not come easy, Sadie said. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Sadie reveals her final moments with Chase: 'He said I love you. Worry 0%.'," 9 Apr. 2021 And while many accessories like these prioritize function over fashion, these modern, streamlined pieces from Away offer comfort without adding an eyesore to your otherwise fashionable travel ensemble. Travel + Leisure, "Away’s Latest Collection Includes Travel Accessories Perfect for a Future Trip," 9 Apr. 2021 The seats are said to have enhanced cushion comfort,, with adjustable headrests made with Ultraleather, a soft, breathable vegan leather material. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, "JetBlue Looks To Set A New Standard In Transatlantic Coach Service," 9 Apr. 2021 The 30-foot-long and 14-foot-tall bus and its brick-and-mortar counterpart are designed with British décor and serve British comfort foods. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "11 quirky and themed Alabama restaurants you shouldn’t miss," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for comfort

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

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Last Updated

11 Apr 2021

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“Comfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfort. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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