comfort

verb
com·​fort | \ ˈkəm(p)-fərt \
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.

comfort

noun

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

Verb

comfortingly \ ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Noun

comfortless \ ˈkəm(p)-​fərt-​ləs \ 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

Verb

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

Noun

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

For some, being close to family and basking in the holiday traditions that their deceased loved ones appreciated is comforting. Dixie Lincoln-nichols, SELF, "5 Ways I Learned to Deal With Grief During the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2018 During a bike ride together, Justin seemed to break down in tears over something while Hailey tried to comfort him. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Finally Got a Hair Cut With Hailey Baldwin By His Side," 9 Aug. 2018 But the release of the videos did little to comfort Peters’s family and friends. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Body-cam video shows officer fatally shooting naked man," 28 May 2018 But her impact and her energy is everywhere, and that’s what comforts me. John P. Darcy, Vogue, "The Year We Left New York," 27 Dec. 2018 To know that someone is really listening to them, and is here to comfort them when times get rough. Brendan Tapley, Woman's Day, "10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About the Way They Think," 6 Nov. 2018 But there’s something infinitely comforting about walking into a kebab shop and hearing the men behind the counter chattering away in Turkish. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018 Very many of them will refuse to be handled or comforted by strangers. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "What World War II’s ‘Operation Pied Piper’ taught us about the trauma of family separations," 19 June 2018 Near the hotel entrance, a woman sobbed on the ground, comforted by friends. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Shooting in Spenard parking lot leaves one person dead," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But even still, having him around is a small comfort. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 3: in search of friends and fun," 20 Nov. 2018 That is little comfort to rural residents like Rodríguez Santiago, who are left coping with limited access to clean water and fear the new hurricane season, which started this month. Scientific American, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Stutters Back to Normal," 14 June 2018 That is little comfort to rural residents like Rodríguez Santiago, who are left coping with limited access to clean water and fear the new hurricane season, which started this month. Time, "Puerto Rico’s Water System Is Slowly Returning To Normal. But Many Are Being Left Behind," 12 June 2018 There’s a certain comfort in Starbucks tasting the same. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 Moving a mouse with the arm more than the wrist, ensuring your wrist isn’t slumped over your desk, and holding a mouse gently will do more to ensure comfort than simply trying a new design. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 On that note, earbuds can also provide some comfort in the form of music or voices. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "10 Campers Share How They Get a Good Night's Sleep in the Wilderness," 4 Nov. 2018 The social media encouragement is a continuation of Smith’s efforts to provide comfort to Ellenson during a trying season out of Van Gundy’s playing rotation. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 Plump bedding and plush chairs and sofas provide comfort, while microwaves and refrigerators (plus a grab-and-go market by the lobby) provide convenience. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of comfort

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comfort

Verb

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

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More Definitions for comfort

comfort

verb

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)

comfort

noun

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.

comfort

verb
com·​fort | \ ˈkəm-fərt \
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

comfort

noun

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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