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 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 Whether these protection features are enough to comfort anyone is a deeply personal choice. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 It’s not a sentimental picture, but the gestures are intuitive, eloquent, easily read—an elemental semaphore of the human capacity to comfort. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 That letter is the centerpiece of a seemingly innocent lie Evan tells in order to comfort a grieving friend. Matthew J. Palm,, 9 Sep. 2021 Ramsey finds a 2006 Jaguar XJ8L that has enough leather and wood to comfort anyone coming off an S-class. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 3 Sep. 2021 Our firefighters depend on the love and comfort our therapy dogs bring them at wildfire base camps. Kelli Bender,, 2 Sep. 2021 But instead, Rush displayed better system proficiency and comfort with weapons during the preseason. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 As prices rise, that commitment to — and comfort with — hotter inflation is being tested. NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 Upon meeting a new person, Howie is likely to rub up and press his body into theirs, expressing both his friendliness and a desire to comfort. Bob Chiarito,, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An exercise mat for comfort and a sturdy box, bench, or step. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 11 Sep. 2021 Ohio State's defense was shaky at times against Minnesota, while Oregon held off Fresno State in a game that was too close for comfort. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 More than 4,000 firefighters — including personnel from the California National Guard and U.S. Army — were able to defend Tahoe in a days-long, all-out fight, but many said the flames got too close for comfort. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 In the span of a year when everyone’s been on edge, prolific Mexican director Michel Franco managed to nuke our comfort zones not once, but twice, delivering separate provocations at back-to-back editions of the Venice Film Festival. Peter Debruge, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 More than a century after the school’s founding, there were indications that comfort zones were not yet breached, at least on Day One of this school year. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2021 But the movie’s Aretha also has her go-to comfort zones, reliable places of solace when life is off the rails: her music, her faith, Detroit. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 The unknown shines with fresh appeal today, while our comfort zones begin to feel a little stifling. Tarot Astrologers,, 10 Aug. 2021 Hakim said his goal for the 2022 games is to create a culture that builds inclusivity with the USA Women’s team but also pushes them to work past their comfort zones. Gary Curreri,, 16 July 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, from Anglo-French cunforter, comforter, from Late Latin confortare to strengthen greatly, from Latin com- + fortis strong

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“Comfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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, 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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