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

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 Mark Shaw, the Lake County Republican chairman and a Lake Forest resident, also talked about times other presidents like Bush and Bill Clinton made trips to comfort Americans after difficult times. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Providing comfort or promoting racism: Lake County politicians predictably split along party lines about motives for Trump’s visit to nearby Kenosha," 1 Sep. 2020 Even amid a pandemic, the natural human instinct to comfort one another is strong. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Grieving Minnesota family overwhelmed after funeral leads to COVID-19 outbreak," 6 Aug. 2020 The Lions took a day off from football activities to talk and comfort and use their platform to demonstrate against some of the real-life issues that plague America. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Lions were winners Tuesday in something much bigger than football," 27 Aug. 2020 Desperate to visit Garcia and comfort him, Yolanda Meeden, another of his sisters, drove hundreds of miles from her home in Arizona to the Bakersfield hospital in mid-July. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "‘Disgusting policy’: Prisoners’ families must pay for remains after COVID-19 deaths," 24 Aug. 2020 That’s not to say that cattle don’t comfort one another. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Herd community: There’s more to cows than we thought, say scientists," 18 Aug. 2020 In any case, not being able to comfort a dying loved one in person has brought pain and anguish to many, including the patients. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Ames Hospice in Westlake comforts dying patients and their families in the midst of coronavirus pandemic," 10 Aug. 2020 Teen love proves stronger than death in Endless, Scott Speer's tale of a young man (Nicholas Hamilton) who dies in a car crash, but whose spirit clings to Earth to comfort his grieving girlfriend (Alexandra Shipp). John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Endless': Film Review," 14 Aug. 2020 For those with loved ones quarantined in memory care facilities, the strain of not being able to see and comfort them in person is heart-wrenching. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: No way to honor our veterans (7/7/20)," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Designed to provide ergonomic support to the back for ultimate comfort while lounging outdoors, these chairs are a must-have addition to any patio furniture collection. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Kohl's shoppers adore this antigravity chair—and it's half off right now," 10 Sep. 2020 The upper is also designed for comfort, thanks to a stretch mesh that hugs the foot without seams or creases. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save big on some of your favorite brands at eBay’s 25th Anniversary Sale," 8 Sep. 2020 Range turned to the Barefoot Contessa for comfort during COVID-19. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Mysterious $30.5M South Side warehouse in the works," 3 Sep. 2020 There were too many customers too close for comfort. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "So you love a restaurant. Are you morally obligated to buy takeout right now?," 3 Sep. 2020 Liddy, who shook uncontrollably and sobbed intermittently throughout the hearing, was permitted to remain seated in the gallery with his wife for comfort. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former state prosecutor gets probation in child-porn case," 2 Sep. 2020 This keyboard is a speed machine with a comfortable wrist pad for sustained comfort. Popular Science, "Serious upgrades for your computer keyboard," 2 Sep. 2020 Washable to allow for multiple uses and designed for comfort. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "State’s face mask order extended: Best options for kids, adults, some with loops, others odor-resistant," 28 Aug. 2020 Memory foam tops the sturdy wood frame for extra comfort, and the back reclines flat to accommodate overnight guests (or afternoon naps). Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The New Novogratz Line at Target Is Your Go-To Source for Affordable Modern Home Decor," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for comfort

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

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Last Updated

13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Comfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfort. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for comfort

comfort

verb
How to pronounce comfort (audio)

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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