com·​fort | \ ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
comforted; comforting; comforts

Definition of comfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give strength and hope to : cheer comforted by the knowledge that the program will be fully funded
2 : to ease the grief or trouble of : console The mother comforted her crying child. The bereaved families of the victims were comforted by friends.



Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : strengthening aid:
a : assistance, support accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy
b : consolation in time of trouble or worry : solace He turned to her for comfort when he lost his job.
2a : a feeling of relief or encouragement It's a comfort to know that I can rely on you for help.
b : contented well-being a life of ease and comfort
3 : a satisfying or enjoyable experience Seeing her son again after so many years was a great comfort.
4 : one that gives or brings comfort all the comforts of home Her grandchildren were always a great comfort to her.

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Other Words from comfort


comfortingly \ ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce comfortingly (audio) \ adverb


comfortless \ ˈkəm(p)-​fərt-​ləs How to pronounce comfortless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfort

Synonyms: Verb

assure, cheer, console, reassure, solace, soothe

Synonyms: Noun

cheer, consolation, relief, solace

Antonyms: Verb

distress, torment, torture, trouble

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Examples of comfort in a Sentence


Our family was comforted by the outpouring of support from the community. We can comfort ourselves with the thought that the worst is over.


These boots provide warmth and comfort in the coldest temperatures. The car's seats are designed for comfort. The suites combine comfort with convenience. The drug gave some comfort to the patient. I found a cozy chair where I could read in comfort. He turned to her for comfort and support when he lost his job. They were great comforts to each other during that difficult time.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Peter was there to comfort me and help me during such a terrible ordeal. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Thanks, neighbor Peter, for comforting me when another neighbor’s dog killed my little dog Bella," 22 June 2019 And if there's something that startles her, there's a human to comfort her. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 The father of a 4-year-old girl who bravely fought an inoperable brain tumor posted a picture of her 6-year-old brother comforting the girl in her final moments in a hospice. Fox News, "Photo of boy, 6, comforting sister dying of rare brain cancer goes viral," 12 June 2018 Its patches of colorful blooms and comforting aromas can’t help but catch a passerby’s fancy. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: It’s always inn season at Rancho Bernardo," 14 June 2019 Dave’s son, Dave, Jr., flew down from his home in Livermore the next day to comfort his father. Rich Archbold, The Mercury News, "Former San Francisco Giant Dave Marshall dies less than 48 hours after his wife," 14 June 2019 Jeanne Stellman, a professor in Columbia University’s School of Public Health who has studied Agent Orange exposure, said residents should be comforted that the less hazardous chemical hasn’t shown up in drinking water tests. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Barrels possibly containing Agent Orange ingredients remain months after Wallowa Lake discovery," 12 June 2019 At Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where a ragtag collection of produce, meat, and seafood stalls overlooks the city’s downtown waterfront, crowds gather around comforting displays of food. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 The meal is honest, unpretentious, and comforting—like Suzara herself. Melissa Pandika, Bon Appetit, "Aileen Suzara Is Flipping the Script About 'Unhealthy' Filipino Food," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This support has been a comfort to his family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Body of missing Eagle County deputy found inside his truck in rural Garfield County," 28 June 2019 But that is no comfort for somebody who has had their vehicle stolen. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 And his unwillingness to break from that machine (something Murphy is giving him a chance to do) is either comfort with the way the machine operates or simple political cowardice. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Cory Booker Chooses the Wrong Side in a New Jersey Street Fight," 26 June 2019 But when Hofmann dosed himself seven decades ago, there was no comfort to be found at his abode. Dominic Umile,, "In 1943, a scientist took a bike ride on LSD. Brian Blomerth illustrates his historic trip," 26 June 2019 Kevin's family would like to give a special thanks to Tracy Renaud, her loving care to Kevin, was comfort to his entire family., "Kevin Kuhns," 24 June 2019 If the house of cards collapses, is there a possibility Ed could be a good comfort to her? Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Big Little Lies' Adam Scott on Madeline's huge betrayal, the 'extremely dangerous' Mary Louise," 17 June 2019 The result has been a little more comfort for all involved. Jon Meoli,, "Inside the Orioles' batting-practice meeting that sparked their run of well-pitched games," 12 June 2019 Besides sound, the other two pillars of a good gaming headset are comfort and microphone performance. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Ars picks 11 gifts you can get Dad for Father’s Day 2019," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of comfort


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comfort


Middle English, from Anglo-French cunforter, comforter, from Late Latin confortare to strengthen greatly, from Latin com- + fortis strong

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English Language Learners Definition of comfort

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: to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to (someone)



English Language Learners Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state or situation in which you are relaxed and do not have any physically unpleasant feelings caused by pain, heat, cold, etc.
: a state or feeling of being less worried, upset, frightened, etc., during a time of trouble or emotional pain
: a person or thing that makes someone feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc.


com·​fort | \ ˈkəm-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
comforted; comforting

Kids Definition of comfort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to ease the grief or trouble of comfort the sick And deep down inside I am really a nice person, she comforted herself.— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby



Kids Definition of comfort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : acts or words that bring relief from grief or trouble
2 : the feeling of being cheered
3 : something that makes a person comfortable the comforts of home

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