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.



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 How to pronounce comfortingly (audio) \ adverb


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 There may be a slowdown in the infections rate—though that's hardly comforting to those poor souls on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship where the situation is truly dire. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The dreaded ‘black swan’—and what that rare event means for the markets," 11 Feb. 2020 The second one-on-one date goes to Kelsey, Champagne Gate now a distant, comforting memory in light of the Alayah of it all. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelor Season 24, Episode 4 Recap: Big Trouble In Little Cleveland," 28 Jan. 2020 Still, as always, Allende’s prose is both commanding and comforting. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Isabel Allende's 'A Long Petal of the Sea' gets to the heart of immigrant struggle," 24 Jan. 2020 The first scene is a flashback, which shows Murtagh comforting a young Jamie after his mother's death. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Season 5's Opening Scenes Star Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, and Richard Rankin," 16 Dec. 2019 This season offers several opportunities to participate in indoor events in case the cold weather is not comforting or enjoyable. Sara Walser,, "South Laurel/Montpelier: When the weather outside is frightful, head inside for something delightful," 10 Dec. 2019 Appearing on Watch What Happens Live earlier this week, Bonham Carter shared a few words of wisdom on the topic of dealing with negative press, which may prove comforting to Meghan Markle. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Helena Bonham Carter's Advice to Meghan Markle for Dealing With Media Scrutiny," 28 Nov. 2019 Atlas-Acuña said he is not armed himself but is comforted that others would be prepared to react if someone fired on congregants. Colleen Slevin, The Denver Post, "Pueblo synagogue to add surveillance cameras after bomb plot," 5 Nov. 2019 Lofton thinks that stories like Batiz’s are comforting in the new reality that emerged after the 2008 financial crisis. Carina Chocano, The New Yorker, "Suzy Batiz’s Empire of Odor," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In no small measure, part of the comfort and charm of Bequia Beach Hotel is due to the 240-member staff. Dallas News, "The secret is out: Bequia’s idyllic setting beckons travelers to the Caribbean," 3 Feb. 2020 My first memory is an awareness of comfort and love, a feeling of being held in the cocoon of my mother’s embrace. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Natalie Wood's daughter remembers her mother in new memoir —see the cover and read an excerpt," 31 Jan. 2020 Demand for Victoria’s Secret bras continued to cool as customers turned to brands emphasizing comfort and inclusivity. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret in Talks to Step Down, Sell Stake," 29 Jan. 2020 But the executive has a track record of being in tune with today's shoppers: at Victoria's Secret, Singer wanted the brand to focus more on comfort and fit and less on sexiness but left after only two years. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "J.Crew finally found a new CEO: Jan Singer, formerly of Victoria’s Secret," 29 Jan. 2020 Designed for comfort and and zen, the tub filler has an optional accessory kit that includes a wine glass holder, tray, or dish. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Transform Your Bathroom into a Spa with This Chic Tub Filler that Can Hold Your Glass of Wine," 22 Jan. 2020 But Williams will need to continue to gain the comfort and confidence to make defenders pay for ignoring him there. Adam Himmelsbach,, "From Kemba’s revival to Hayward’s free throws, 10 thoughts on the Celtics," 17 Jan. 2020 Also new is an adjustable grip system that moves left and right to aid in comfort and tuning. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best New Bows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 11 Jan. 2020 But Panasonic's efforts could be the first step in breaking down the major walls of comfort and form factor that are still preventing mass adoption of VR. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Panasonic breaks out of VR’s “headset” bubble with fresh “eyeglasses” design," 9 Jan. 2020

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

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14 Feb 2020

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“Comfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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 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



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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