comfort zone


Definition of comfort zone

1 : the temperature range within which one is comfortable
2 : the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity

Examples of comfort zone in a Sentence

He pushes the players to perform beyond their comfort zone. I need to expand my comfort zone and try new things.
Recent Examples on the Web This breaches the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) comfort zone of under 4%. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "As inflation firms up, India’s central bank may not be able to play rate-cut Santa for long," 14 Nov. 2019 Still, Home for Christmas took Rockwell out of his comfort zone. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Victorian Property Featured in an Iconic Norman Rockwell Painting Is Now on Sale," 7 Nov. 2019 Get Stanford out of its comfort zone early and push the pace. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Arizona vs Stanford odds, picks and best bets," 25 Oct. 2019 Being captain forced him to step outside of his comfort zone when, for instance, initiating tough conversations while trying to remain fair and level-headed. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "‘Father’ of the Wild franchise Mikko Koivu takes on toughest task yet," 2 Oct. 2019 When your discomfort prevents you from doing something that matters, gently push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Jelena Kecmanovic,, "It’s not just you — American adults are increasingly anxious," 19 July 2019 When your discomfort prevents you from doing something that matters, gently push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Jelena Kecmanovic, Washington Post, "Could our efforts to avoid anxiety only be making it worse?," 10 July 2019 For these reasons, college students would be wise to enroll in a variety of courses and to seek an array of experiential learning opportunities, including those that stretch them out of their comfort zones. Cindi May, Scientific American, "Life Advice: Don’t Find Your Passion," 9 Oct. 2018 First, Gina meets with a new lawyer about her DUI; Braunwyn and Kelly head to Sin City, where Emily steps out of her comfort zone to dance in a show — a performance that was meant for her husband, but now is just attended by her friends and in-laws. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Proposals, tears, and breakups on the Bachelor in Paradise finale," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of comfort zone

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of comfort zone was in 1923

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4 Dec 2019

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“Comfort zone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of comfort zone

: a place, situation, or level where someone feels confident and comfortable

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