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.

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Buy Photo Bob Bickel clearly wasn’t in his comfort zone. Marc Narducci,, "Haddonfield coach Bob Bickel earns 300th win and a conference title," 23 May 2018 If there was Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson likely would have remained in his comfort zone off the bench. Ira Winderman,, "Heat's next step could come down to Dion Waiters' surgically repaired ankle," 2 May 2018 Part of de-rusting yourself in the dating scene means going out of your comfort zone and trying experiences that are new and strange and maybe even terrifying. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: Where do I meet single lesbians when I’m in my 40s?," 5 June 2017 In a song that follows an admirable, H.R.-approved policy of keeping your outside hobbies at home, RIVVRS (née Brandon Zahursky) embraces his comfort zone rather than conforming to anyone else’s rules or expectations. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "RIVVRS Heads Back to the Office in 'Don't Wanna Know' Video: Exclusive," 11 July 2018 But Wright’s scoreless 1 1/3-inning outing in the Orioles’ 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins – his fourth straight scoreless appearance – offered another sign that Wright is finding his comfort zone as a reliever. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Early Orioles notes: Mike Wright on the right path as reliever; Mancini gets day off," 7 July 2018 However, turning a blind eye to abuse just to preserve your comfort zone is not a choice that withstands moral scrutiny. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Best friend wants to speak up about the way pal treats her husband," 13 June 2018 New offensive line coach Frank Pollack oversaw a group in Dallas that was led by former first-round center Travis Frederick. Replicating that process would fit his comfort zone. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft Strategy: Center a game of press your luck," 21 Apr. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of comfort zone

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

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