comfort

verb
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.

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 How to pronounce comfortingly (audio) \ adverb

Noun

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

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

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 Merrill carved out a pantry and mudroom and added custom white oak cabinetry to give it a modern, comforting vibe. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Behind closed doors, there's no reason to think that things are any different—Kate has reportedly been comforting Meghan during the new royal's family drama with sister Samantha and father Thomas Markle. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Every Photo of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle That Disproves Those Feud Rumors," 16 Feb. 2019 While many still turn to the funeral rites that have comforted generations, others, led by baby boomers, are taking a different approach than their parents and grandparents. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Free-Form Funeral," 2 Mar. 2019 Well, not much has changed, which is in some ways comforting and in some ways terrifying. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "'Howards End' star Hayley Atwell was drawn to the vitality of the story exploring class differences," 19 June 2018 Many fans took this as the two of them broke up and Joey was happy to have her dog there to comfort her. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Signs Jacob Elordi and Joey King Might Have Broken Up," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ranging from products like white sturgeon caviar of the Sacramento Delta to baby perilla grown at our farm in Los Altos Hills, the ingredients are presented to invoke memories and comfort. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Curiosities abound at California’s newest Michelin starred restaurants," 4 June 2019 Nappa leather standard sport seats feature Mercedes's Airscarf warm-air vents to add comfort to top-down motoring in cooler environments. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 For many people, memory foam provides the perfect level of support and comfort. Allure, "The 9 Best Memory Foam Pillows, According to an Orthopedic Surgeon," 22 May 2019 These upholstered chairs are modern and structured, but don't sacrifice comfort, thanks to a foam-padded seat your guests can relax in no matter how late the party goes. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "12 Items That'll Make You Want to Eat in Your Dining Room Again," 21 May 2019 Returning to the idea of comfort, Tod’s stripped the notion down to its bare essentials with its sophisticated exhibition exploring the concept of the human shelter. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 The Bedroom There's something about the comfort of your own room (and bed) that allows you to relax and enjoy the moment. Glamour, "The 12 Best Places to Have Sex," 6 Apr. 2019 Besides offering the support and comfort that Tempur-Pedic is known for, the Breeze line is specifically designed for hot sleepers. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know Before Buying The Tempur-Pedic LUXEbreeze Mattress," 15 Apr. 2019 Bolstered with orange peel and shea butters, this CBD isolate–infused formula quells puffiness and comforts dry lids. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "How CBD Can Save Your Skin," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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The first known use of comfort was in the 13th century

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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 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

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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