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

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 There's something inherently comforting about a cup of ginger water or tea. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water," 11 Jan. 2019 Jim Cummings has been voicing the bear for 30 years at this point, and there is something comforting about hearing him in Christopher Robin. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Christopher Robin takes Winnie the Pooh in a somber new direction," 3 Aug. 2018 You can be uplifted, empowered, and comforted by it. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Glamour, "Someone Great Is Totally New Kind of Romantic Comedy," 19 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shade structures and a pavilion top off the comforts of the leisure facility. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Westlake mayor takes plunge as aquatic center opens at Clague Park," 17 June 2019 Getting family support from afar The geographic separation has prevented Amaya from enjoying the comforts of home, but that support system is never more than a phone call, text or FaceTime away – something that Amaya said helped him get settled. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati's Frankie Amaya: Despite remarkable rise, home is never far from his mind," 14 June 2019 Robos are available 24/7, can be accessed from the comfort of a customer’s bedroom and don’t require setting up a meeting or phone call in advance. Nizan Geslevich Packin, WSJ, "Why Investors Should Be Wary of Automated Advice," 14 June 2019 Less outdoorsy: Get a glimpse of Illinois River nature from the comfort of The Spirit of Peoria, a riverboat that takes travelers on a number of excursions, including day trips, overnight excursions and themed cruises. Darcel Rockett,, "6 ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Illinois," 13 June 2019 Yet the desire to score drugs from the comfort of home and to make money from selling those drugs appears for many to be stronger than the fear of getting arrested. New York Times, "Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns," 11 June 2019 Arrington created videos promising followers could make thousands of dollars per month from the comfort of their own living rooms. Lillian Reed,, "A Baltimore rapper billed himself as self-made music sensation. Feds say Chad Focus was built on fraud.," 10 June 2019 But now, a video game simulator can allow people on Earth to experience its historic run from the comfort of their PCs or VR headsets. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Explore Mars in VR with This Rover Simulator," 10 June 2019 Taking the comfort of Everlane’s classic Day Glove silhouette a step further, the Day Glove ReKnit features an innovative knit fabric that is lightweight, breathable, and completely recycled. Mekita Rivas,, "Everlane's "Most Comfortable" Shoe Is Here — & It Will Definitely Sell Out Fast," 5 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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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