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

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 Company and Barney are fluffy golden retrievers whose main responsibility is to comfort and console the young patients at the hospital. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Doctors, nurses . . . dogs? A hospital’s furry workers help kids feel better.," 14 Sep. 2020 May the memories of happy times sustain us, the support of family and friends comfort us, and may God’s love embrace us as a community and bring us peace. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: A tribute to the passing of three great Carroll countians who made a difference," 11 Sep. 2020 His son, Andy, approaches in tears, and Juan picks up the boy to comfort him. Star Tribune, "A mother’s death highlights pandemic’s racial disparities.," 6 Sep. 2020 Anything that might comfort his family, his three children. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "They lost everything they owned while moving to South Florida. But then they found an outpouring of love.," 4 Sep. 2020 He can be seen trying to stand between the woman and those targeting her and also tries to comfort the woman. oregonlive, "Portland man beaten during downtown protest: What a new 32-minute video reveals," 20 Aug. 2020 In an ordinary year, the first day of preschool can be emotional for parents and children, and a challenge for teachers trying to welcome and comfort kids who may never have been to school before, while setting up routines for the school day. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "What you need to know about heading back to school, from pre-K to college," 17 Aug. 2020 Mark Shaw, the Lake County Republican chairman and a Lake Forest resident, also talked about times other presidents like Bush and Bill Clinton made trips to comfort Americans after difficult times. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Providing comfort or promoting racism: Lake County politicians predictably split along party lines about motives for Trump’s visit to nearby Kenosha," 1 Sep. 2020 Even amid a pandemic, the natural human instinct to comfort one another is strong. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Grieving Minnesota family overwhelmed after funeral leads to COVID-19 outbreak," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This attractive office chair is loaded with options to maximize your comfort and productivity. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Wayfair offers up to 80% during annual Way Day sale, flash deals on bedding, furniture, appliances," 23 Sep. 2020 Araks Yeramyan, whose eponymous brand’s colorful soft-cup bras have smitten fashion insiders, attributes their comfort to their deceptive simplicity. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Will Working From Home Kill the Bra Forever?," 22 Sep. 2020 Beyond his own comfort in that role last season and an opportunity for the organization to bring him along slowly, most people, including head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, view Porter’s best position at 2 instead of 3. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Will Kevin Porter Jr. be a starter for Cleveland Cavaliers this coming season? Hey, Chris!," 21 Sep. 2020 To ensure their comfort, the volunteers are also constructing a gazebo and bathroom, along with a campsite available to overnight guests. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "A New Hiking Trail in Russia Will Take You Where Cosmonauts Crash-landed After the First Space Walk," 19 Sep. 2020 Pirsig conveys the experience of being fully in the world, without the mediation of devices that filter reality, smoothing its rough edges for our psychic comfort. Matthew B. Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Robert Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Still Resonates Today," 18 Sep. 2020 Without any oxygen for human technicians to breathe or excessive humidity for their comfort, there are fewer opportunities for chemical corruption of components. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft declares its underwater data center test was a success," 14 Sep. 2020 There are little things that have happened in the months that have followed her grandson’s death that give her comfort. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "After shooting death of leader, Cathedral football keeps Mario McCullough close. 'You know he is there.'," 11 Sep. 2020 Part of his comfort came from digesting left-hander Matthew Boyd's approach in Game 1 of the doubleheader, which ended in an 8-2 win. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers celebrate Tarik Skubal's first MLB win: 'He's going to be really good'," 31 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'comfort.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Time Traveler for comfort

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

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Last Updated

25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Comfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfort. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for comfort

comfort

verb
How to pronounce comfort (audio)

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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