comfort zone


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

Example Sentences

He pushes the players to perform beyond their comfort zone. I need to expand my comfort zone and try new things.
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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of comfort zone was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Comfort zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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