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

Munn said the Nitra adventure was her first trip out of the country and gave her a chance move outside her comfort zone. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Neuqua students explore Naperville's sister city in Slovakia," 29 June 2018 Many people face psychological roadblocks to learning new jobs or skills, says Andy Molinsky, a professor of organizational behavior at Brandeis University and author of a book on stepping outside your comfort zone. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "In a Digital Era, How Can Older Workers Stay in the Game?," 22 May 2018 O'Malley: Lottie is such an inward character that almost everything is outside her comfort zone. Will Nevin,, "Interview | Writer Bryan Lee O'Malley, artist Leslie Hung on the second, slimy arc of 'Snotgirl'," 21 May 2018 In 2015, Zink started Women on Adventures, an activity club that encourages women of all ages to get out, push the limits of their comfort zones and make friends, all via various physical activities. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Women on Adventures founder gets group members out of their comfort zone," 31 May 2018 Ironically, such reactions show how effective Piper’s art is at pushing people out of their comfort zones. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, "Adrian Piper’s art plays with identity and confronts defensiveness.," 30 May 2018 Senior Cameron Martin, a natural attackman, was asked to play midfield and shoulder the majority of the scoring load, and other players were forced out of their comfort zones. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Glenelg Country boys lacrosse beats St. John's Catholic Prep for third straight win," 25 Apr. 2018 One thing that both of them said was that playoff basketball forces teams outside of their comfort zones. David Murphy,, "If Sixers' Markelle Fultz is ready to return from injury, Brett Brown should be able to play him | David Murphy," 18 Mar. 2018 The group laughed as Lopez tried to get them out of their comfort zones. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Teens get tips on defense, unhealthy relationships at Schererville domestic violence class," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of comfort zone

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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