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

Which is to say, to use an old journalism bromide: Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Turn and face the change: Recode and Vox.com are partnering," 1 Nov. 2018 Over the past two decades, the Mission: Impossible film franchise has become the reliable, comforting home that’s always ready to shelter Tom Cruise. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "In Mission: Impossible - Fallout, being the good guy has serious consequences," 27 July 2018 Consulate officials tried to comfort them with snacks and toys. Ginger Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border," 18 June 2018 Take it to the office for under-desk use, or keep it at home for comforting warmth while watching a favorite Christmas movie, cup of cocoa in hand. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Are Obsessed With This $46 Heating Pad That’s Like a Sleeping Bag for Your Feet," 15 Oct. 2018 Much like swaddling a baby, this jacket provides a constant, gentle pressure that comforts pets. Southern Living, "How to Keep Dogs Calm During Fireworks," 3 July 2018 The photo of his son comforting Addy was one post in particular that gained widespread attention. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Dad shares heartbreaking photo of son comforting dying 4-year-old sister," 11 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Live-stream your workouts from the comfort of your own home with Mirror, a custom virtual experience that streams various classes (Pilates, boxing, yoga) and takes up literally no space in your living room. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019 The comfort of your mattress is key to a good night's sleep, but upgrading from a lumpy bed can get pricey. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Top-Rated Mattress Toppers, According to Textile Pros," 19 Dec. 2018 There's nothing quite like shopping from the comfort of your own home while sitting on your couch. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You Have To See Wayfair's New Pop-Up Store," 13 Nov. 2018 On election night, the only thing that someone who cares a lot can do is sit and wait for results to come in — and seek out the comfort of a needle that will tell them how this ends. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 But there’s also the option of recording oral history from the comfort of your own home. The Seattle Times, "Create an oral history to share your family’s experience," 23 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the comfort of nostalgia cannot and should not ever be completely divorced from the realities of its roots, but the way some of us cope is by transferring all those warm memories onto one work and discarding the ugliest bits of the rest. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "How ‘A Different World’ Survived the Downfall of Bill Cosby," 9 July 2018 Some count locations are short hikes that allow volunteers to come out and night enjoy the comfort of a local hotel. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Anza Borrego sheep count is for the extreme," 7 July 2018 Familiar though its pleasures may seem, this is a sequel that both avoids and complicates the comforts of simple nostalgia. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "How the dazzling, overstuffed ‘Incredibles 2’ holds up a cracked mirror to present-day reality," 4 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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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 \
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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