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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Paige’s mother, who was comforted by Birmingham police at Monday’s scene, is taking his death hard, Williams said. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘He had a heart of gold’: Family mourns father killed in Birmingham shooting," 10 Jan. 2020 Zerea, the family friend, said loved ones in both countries slept overnight in churches to help comfort the grieving family and say goodbye to Ziada. Max Londberg,, "Wish List: Family in debt after teen's sudden death, transporting her body to native Eritrea," 19 Dec. 2019 First, comforting or not, it should be understood that your office air is probably no better than plane air. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "How to Not Get Sick While Traveling, 5G's Health Effects, and More News," 18 Dec. 2019 Well-Being to the Congo (a gilded, robed, saintly white woman comforting two black children). Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 Co-workers, friends, family and even strangers drawn to pay their respects packed into a Miami funeral home to say goodbye and to comfort one another. Mario Ariza,, "Hundreds pack funeral home for UPS driver killed in shootout," 9 Dec. 2019 Rather, this minority is aided and abetted by a silent majority who cling to comfort and distraction as others suffer in plain sight. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Tyrannical Minority and Silent Majority," 4 Dec. 2019 And how many dead Iraqis can be comforted by the sight of Ellen and W. sharing a laugh? Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Stop Trying To Sanitize The Image Of A War Criminal," 10 Oct. 2019 The film was paused as a man at the front was comforted by friends and assisted by them in walking out, about five minutes after the film was paused. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Medical Incidents Interrupt Two Premieres," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Residents, fellows and even attending physicians are surprised by me, by my presence, my comfort with medical terminology, my willingness to push back and my insistence that my daughter might need this instead of that. Washington Post, "No, I’m not an amazing mom just because my child has special needs," 13 Jan. 2020 There's some small comfort to be had from the four nominations earned by For Sama. Jazmin Kopotsha,, "The Snubs Of The 2020 BAFTA Nominations Tell The Same Infuriating Story," 7 Jan. 2020 Because this person’s primary concern is your comfort—which is to say your attention and approval—a subtle con exists at the heart of the exchange. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 Few pieces of gear are as important for your comfort and safety in the backcountry as your shelter. Philip Kiefer, Outside Online, "How to Re-Waterproof Your Tent," 16 Dec. 2019 Today, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when devotees all over the world pay homage to a brown-skinned Madonna, people continue to seek her comfort. Elaine Ayala,, "From Bethlehem to San Antonio, Guadalupe’s image is constant," 12 Dec. 2019 And there is considerable comfort in exploring opposite perspectives not through Congressional or Parliamentary rivals but between two kindly old men in a garden. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Two Popes’ is a buddy movie in vestments," 12 Dec. 2019 But both the sentimentalized Thanksgiving myth and Deloria’s indignation are products of a more modern America, with its relative comfort and security; neither sprang out of the darkness of the seventeenth-century New England forest. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 8 Dec. 2019 Your wingspan might be wider, for example, but your comfort shouldn't indifferently come at the expense of someone else's. Monica Hesse,, "It’s not so simple to walk like a man," 29 Nov. 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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The first known use of comfort was in the 13th century

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Comfort.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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