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.



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 \ adverb


comfortless \ˈkəm(p)-fərt-ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for comfort

Synonyms: Verb

assure, cheer, console, reassure, solace, soothe

Synonyms: Noun

amenity, extra, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity

Antonyms: Verb

distress, torment, torture, trouble

Antonyms: Noun

basic, essential, fundamental, must, necessity, requirement

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Examples of comfort in a Sentence


Our family was comforted by the outpouring of support from the community. We can comfort ourselves with the thought that the worst is over.


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

The image shows Jackson trying to comfort his sister, with his hand on her head. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Photo of boy comforting dying sister shows pain families of cancer go through," 11 June 2018 And so that was comforting in a situation in which a lot of voters on both sides, both Republicans and Democrats, weren’t happy with the choice. Time, "'We'd Like to See America Right of Center.' Mitch McConnell Explains His Strategy on Judges," 8 Feb. 2018 The mood is comforting, but uncertain, more quizzical. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 Chef Allen Smith’s New American dishes are comforting and down-to-earth. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 His presence at the most senior levels of the Trump White House has comforted some of his former colleagues and even Democrats who worried about the fate of the country in the wake of Trump's election. Jeremy Diamond And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump's man with the Singapore plan: Joe Hagin," 3 June 2018 Loved, laughed, met challenges, welcomed all, comforted, shared, wept, grieved, prayed, and encouraged - always with a quick smile just a wink away. Hartford Courant,, "Beverly Frances Konopka-Keller," 1 May 2018 Her presence in the documentary is comforting, but sporadic, like Glinda’s in The Wizard of Oz. Sarah Marshall, The New Republic, "How I Am Evidence Demands Justice For Victims of Rape," 18 Apr. 2018 Their mother watched from the door while comforting a crying 2-month-old. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Phoenix settling lawsuit for $10 million after girl hit, dragged by police cruiser," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To be able to play NBA summer league, to get playing time, to get opportunities on the offensive end, to get a comfort level playing against stronger, elite athletes at this level? J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 And his comfort level with Calderon was a main factor in signing the veteran to a one-year, $2.4 million deal. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Dwane Casey puts stamp on Detroit Pistons 2018 free-agent class," 10 July 2018 Kings forward Justin Jackson is leaving assessments of his game and comfort level this summer up to the media. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings want to 'get out and run.' Why that best suits Justin Jackson's game," 9 July 2018 His comfort level on and off the mound makes him a viable candidate for the top of the rotation when the Sox hope to be a contender by 2020. David Haugh,, "White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez looks capable of being the bell cow of rotation," 29 June 2018 Gadsby flips between moods and modes again and again, lining up jokes and then pushing them beyond the point of comfort. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Nanette Is a Radical, Transformative Work of Comedy," 27 June 2018 They are not allowed to be touched, to be held, or to have anything that might bring them any kind of comfort. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Cages, ‘Infestations,’ and the Demonization of Immigrants," 27 June 2018 Learn to read between the lines of the descriptions and know your comfort level. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Here's why you should never ask your Airbnb host if the area is safe," 21 June 2018 Gulf citizens were propelled from poverty to a life of comfort. The Economist, "From pearls to black goldHow oil transformed the Gulf," 21 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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