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

However, while others are typically quick to help comfort an individual who is grieving the loss of another person, society’s attitude toward pet loss is very different. Fox News, "Why death of your pet is difficult to bear," 29 June 2018 Kraft said she was told by a shelter worker they were allowed to change diapers but not to comfort the kids with hugs. Liz Goodwin,, "Separations end, but foster care, shelters remain overwhelmed," 21 June 2018 Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter in Texas, where she was told that neither she nor staff members were allowed to touch or comfort distraught children. Luke Darby, GQ, "Trump Thinks Thousands of Detained, Traumatized Immigrant Kids Are a Great Bargaining Chip," 16 June 2018 First, Charlotte lost her balance and got upset, but her mother Kate quickly handled the situation and comforted her daughter. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Best Internet Reactions to Royal Children at Trooping the Colour Ceremony," 10 June 2018 There was criticism in some corners for the Liverpool players who did not immediately comfort Karius at full time., "Loris Karius Needs Support Rather Than Ridicule for His Champions League Final Mistakes," 28 May 2018 The visceral effect sows anxiety, but still the rapper’s candor is comforting. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 At night, a lightweight carbonate bed panel holds a latex mattress wrapped in an organic cotton cover, while articulating bed springs add to comfort and airflow. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Colorful camper van is the ultimate adventure vehicle," 5 July 2018 Our efforts should be focused on comforting the grieving families and supporting those the men and women who place their lives on the line each day. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kansas Democrat apologizes for raising money off two deputies’ deaths," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hopefully, the comfort and community support Lakota West showed for one of their own brings some peace to the family. Scott Springer,, "Springer: Let the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school football hype begin," 6 July 2018 Their outrage lies with protecting the comforts and ease of the powerful, while accepting that the vicious dehumanization of most vulnerable among us is somehow politics as usual. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "Blacklist Every Last One of Them," 26 June 2018 So: a sweet dessert risotto, in this case using the season’s glorious stone fruit, plus some crumbled amaretti cookies and chocolate — which is good for comfort, taste and emergencies., "Parts unknown," 9 June 2018 At one point, a community member helped Nall tarp off one room to put an air conditioning unit in there for comfort. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Video: 83-year-old Pearland woman still living in house gutted from Harvey," 11 July 2018 The comfort of his patrons is Guzman’s top priority. Myrna Petlicki, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Dockside Dogs in Waukegan," 10 July 2018 The similarities are just getting to close for comfort for me., "In Boston, immigration protest is loud and colorful," 30 June 2018 The 60/40-split rear seat reclines up to 24 degrees for more comfort. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 Go for comfort first with a pair of Commando’s seam-free panties. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best Underwear for Every Occasion," 12 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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