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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Louisville answered with a pair of runs in the sixth on Jake Snider’s two-out, two-run double to extend the lead back to a comfort zone. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Logan Wyatt's homers slam Louisville baseball past Kent State, 13-6," 1 June 2018 Or a nice piece of lush Scottish salmon in a citrus sauce that will put Lean Cuisiners in a comfort zone. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Villa Rica restores star power of chef Johnny Hernandez," 26 Apr. 2018 That wasn’t enough to alter the final outcome, one in which the Kings repeated their bad habits of allowing an opponent find its comfort zone on offense early and build a big lead (20 points in the fourth quarter). Jason Jones, sacbee, "‘That’s not what I play basketball for’: Why solid games by two Kings aren’t celebrated," 22 Jan. 2018 The rest of the day spans out with possibilities; the staff encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Modeling represented a step out of her comfort zone. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Spanish Model Miriam Sanchez Went From Studying Business to Walking Vuitton," 16 Nov. 2018 Celebrate your achievements by going far outside your comfort zone. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 Any one of those features puts me a little bit outside my fashion comfort zone, let alone all in one item of clothing. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "We Wore Clothes from Bachelorette​ JoJo Fletcher​'s Fashion Line and Went on One-on-One Dates," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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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