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

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

That inspired Rodriguez to create a community service project to comfort those in pain as her caring mother and grandmother had always done. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio nonprofit lifts sick children’s spirits with Christmas in July," 6 July 2019 He should be given the opportunity to care for and comfort her, and to discuss this with both of you. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: She ran all the way home to escape him, but she won’t report him," 26 June 2019 He should be given the opportunity to care for and comfort her, and to discuss this with both of you. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Worried mother wants to know how to address daughter’s sexual assault," 26 June 2019 He should be given the opportunity to care for and comfort her, and to discuss this with both of you. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Med student’s assault brings on ethical dilemma," 26 June 2019 He should be given the opportunity to care for and comfort her, and to discuss this with both of you. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Med student’s assault brings on ethical dilemma," 26 June 2019 He should be given the opportunity to care for and comfort her, and to discuss this with both of you. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Amy: Med student’s assault brings on ethical dilemma," 25 June 2019 He should be given the opportunity to care for and comfort her, and to discuss this with both of you. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Med student's assault brings on ethical dilemma," 25 June 2019 Thousands of people commented on and shared the photo of him and his new friend, thanking him for being there to comfort the girl - and the whole family - in a scary situation. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "'This is what it's all about.' Fire captain cradles sleeping baby after car crash," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Script development concerns caused Akira to push back its shooting start and while some of those have been addressed, say sources, the dates were now too close for comfort. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Taika Waititi to Direct 'Thor 4' (Exclusive)," 16 July 2019 But the Illinois and Indiana cases are just a little too close for comfort. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Sudden oak death is the latest nemesis of Illinois and Indiana trees. Is Kentucky next?," 12 July 2019 Our thoughts and prayers to her family for comfort. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Teenage Beauty Queen Who Aspired to Become a Professional Pilot Dies After Crashing Plane," 8 July 2019 Great whites have been seen abandoning this prime feeding area when killer whales come too close for comfort—even if the mammals are simply passing through for a few hours. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 With its crystal clear warm water, this was once a popular place for bathing until geothermic changes made the water too hot for comfort. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 Elsewhere, Kat deals with the disappointment of losing the campaign for local councilwoman and turns to former flame Adena for comfort, while Sutton comes to a realization about her a career. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Pose returns in the '90s," 11 June 2019 The ratings were slightly higher than last year, but still too low for comfort, city leaders said. Brittany Wallman, sun-sentinel.com, "Public schools get failing grades in new survey by Fort Lauderdale residents," 8 June 2019 For some readers, that was rather too close for comfort. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "Walt Whitman at 200: O Poet-Pioneer!," 31 May 2019

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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 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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