comfort

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verb

com·​fort ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio)
comforted; comforting; comforts

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.
comfortingly adverb

comfort

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noun

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.
2
a
: 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.
comfortless adjective

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Their aim, Leano said, was to ensure that people had access to a plate of warm food like turmeric rice, or binagoongan baboy (pork in shrimp paste) to comfort them in a time of distress. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 The messages were there to comfort a shattered campus community after the deadly attack. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 To love her, to hold her, to teach her, to comfort her. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 To love her, to hold her, to teach her, to comfort her. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 26 Sep. 2022 The boy, Orestes, has never been a good sleeper, but when his bad dreams come, his parents are there to comfort him. New York Times, 28 July 2022 The day of the divorce, Phillip invites Kate out to karaoke in Koreatown, to comfort her. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 13 Apr. 2022 During the empty days following Sean’s death, concerns about covid kept Boynes from hugging the two friends who came to their Bowie home to comfort her. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 My boyfriend held my hand as my mom tried to comfort me over the phone. Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 16 Oct. 2022
Noun
The model recently told BAZAAR that comfort is her most important consideration when putting together both casual and red-carpet looks. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Nov. 2022 To those who fret about a wilting of Western resolve under energy or inflationary pressure, one comfort will be: No settlement now can save Mr. Putin from being deeply underwater on his Ukraine venture. WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 In a bedroom, for example, comfort may be essential. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 If comfort is your main priority on Thanksgving, then these jacquard pull-on pants (which can be adjusted at the hem for a more tapered look) are a must. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 24 Oct. 2022 If Ally Lewis and Louise Denny learned anything in the past two years, it’s that comfort is key. Vogue, 18 Oct. 2022 All-day comfort is thanks to its ultralight polyurethane foam midsole wrapped in protective TPU. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Here are some things to consider when comparing the first crop of devices: Physical comfort. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2022 Battery life for the headset is between just one and two hours, so comfort over an extended period might be a nonissue. PCMAG, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English comforten, conforten "to strengthen spiritually, inspire with courage, exort, cheer up, encourage, invigorate," borrowed from Anglo-French conforter, comforter, borrowed from Late Latin confortāre "to strengthen, restore strength to, invigorate, cure" (Medieval Latin also "to cheer, reassure"), from Latin con- con- + Late Latin -fortāre, verbal derivative of Latin fortis "strong, robust" — more at fort

Noun

Middle English comfort, counfort "invigoration, encouragement, assurance, feeling of relief, pleasure, gratification," borrowed from Anglo-French comfort, confort, cunfort "solace, encouragement, enjoyment, satisfaction," noun derivative of conforter, comforter "to strengthen, encourage, solace" — more at comfort entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Comfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfort. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

comfort 1 of 2

verb

com·​fort ˈkəm(p)-fərt How to pronounce comfort (audio)
1
: to give strength and hope to : cheer
2
: to ease the grief or trouble of : console
comfortingly adverb

comfort

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noun

1
: acts or words that comfort
2
: the feeling of the one that is comforted
find comfort in a mother's love
3
: something that makes a person comfortable
the comforts of home
comfortless adjective

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