com·​fort | \ ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio) \
comforted; comforting; comforts

Essential Meaning of comfort

: to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to (someone) She did her best to comfort [=console] the crying child. Our family was comforted by the outpouring of support from the community. We can comfort ourselves with the thought that the worst is over.

Full 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.

Other Words from comfort


comfortingly \ ˈkəm(p)-​fər-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce comfort (audio) \ adverb


comfortless \ ˈkəm(p)-​fərt-​ləs How to pronounce comfort (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 For Powell, achieving the low inflation that gives companies comfort to expand and hire is the only path to success. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 14 Jan. 2022 When Coach Martinez dies from the plane crash in the second episode, Shauna goes to comfort Javi. Nick Romano,, 5 Jan. 2022 Leda sees in the other woman, accurately or not, her own attempt to create some space for herself, to hold onto some identity not defined by the ability to comfort a crying child. Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 Now devastating revelations of parties inside Downing Street last year -- at a time when Brits were told not to comfort dying relatives in hospital or celebrate Christmas -- have pitched his government into mayhem. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 Lynda Carter is sharing her grief to comfort other families in mourning. Kelly Wynne,, 23 Nov. 2021 As for Ichabod's future plans, the dog and Ellias hope to comfort and empower even more pet lovers with an upcoming children's book. Kelli Bender,, 29 Dec. 2021 From family gatherings in Florida to funerals in Michigan, that has deepened the divisions and magnified the sorrow at events meant to comfort and unite. Marc Fisher, Lori Rozsa, Kayla Ruble, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Nov. 2021 In particular, the organization applauded his efforts during the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest to use music music to comfort and connect the people of Louisville. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, the shifting power dynamics will remain each week as host Tommy Miles challenges the cast members to step outside of their comfort zones to establish meaningful connections — and cut any dead weight along the way. Brande Victorian, Essence, 13 Jan. 2022 The promise of comfort became real with the invention of Lastex, essentially rubber yarn, in 1930. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 The experts who spoke to NBC News expressed differing levels of comfort with air travel at this stage of the pandemic. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 Arca always pushes us out of our musical comfort zones, experimenting with form and genre in ways that are unwieldy and can feel uncontainable, but are always beautiful. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2022 According to Lucila Saldana, footwear and accessories strategist at trend forecasting firm WGSN, comfort was king in 2020 and 2021 -- and fashion took note. Leah Dolan, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 One of the biggest benefits has been seeing Eric’s comfort level grow in a variety of settings, Donaldson-Hiller said. Mike Danahey,, 31 Dec. 2021 While home dialysis isn’t possible for all patients, some doctors are hesitant to recommend it at all, in part because the clinicians lack the training, experience or a certain comfort level with it. Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, 28 Dec. 2021 Both the driver and the passengers have a ton of control over their comfort level and overall experience. Christian De Looper, BGR, 28 Dec. 2021

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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 comforten, conforten "to strengthen spiritually, inspire with courage, exort, cheer up, encourage, invigorate," borrowed from Anglo-French conforter, comforter, borrowed from Late Latin confortāre "to strengthen, restore strength to, invigorate, cure" (Medieval Latin also "to cheer, reassure"), from Latin con- con- + Late Latin -fortāre, verbal derivative of Latin fortis "strong, robust" — more at fort


Middle English comfort, counfort "invigoration, encouragement, assurance, feeling of relief, pleasure, gratification," borrowed from Anglo-French comfort, confort, cunfort "solace, encouragement, enjoyment, satisfaction," noun derivative of conforter, comforter "to strengthen, encourage, solace" — more at comfort entry 1

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“Comfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for comfort


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, Age 8



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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